Bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) is a mood disorder characterised by extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). These mood swings are more severe than the normal ups and downs of life and are literally poles apart. They tend to last from a few days to several months.
Bipolar disorder can be manifested differently and may vary in intensity and duration.
Increased awareness and early detection of this disorder are very important. It doesn’t get better on its own. Getting treatment from a mental health professional can help get the symptoms under control.