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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious illness that makes normal moods seem extreme. A person with bipolar disorder suffers from severe mood swings, ranging from very low (depression) to very high (mania).
These mood swings are called “ episodes .” Here are the four main types of episodes that a person with bipolar disorder would have...
Sylvia Plath suffered bipolar disorder and described her illness in her first book, The Bell Jar :
“ It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous and positive and despairing negative; whichever is running at the moment dominated my life, floods it. I am now flooded with despair, almost hysteria, as if I were smothering.”