Published on Medical News Today.com (MNT) and written by Hannah Nichols
Bipolar disorder is sometimes known as manic depression. It can cause mood swings, from extreme highs to extreme lows, lasting for weeks or months.
The cause is unclear, but genetic and hereditary factors appear to play a role. Triggers include a family history of the condition, alcohol or drug abuse and intense stress or traumatic life events.
Bipolar disorder affects around 2.6 percent of the adult population in the United States. Men and women are equally likely to have it, but it impacts them in different ways, so treatments may be different. Read more.