Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, once referred to as manic-depression, is characterized by a distinct change in mood states ranging from depression to a more heightened, energetic, or irritable state referred to as mania. The manic phase of the bipolar continuum can range from severe to moderate to a more manageable condition referred to as hypomania.  Some symptoms of mania may include significant increase in energy, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increase in risk-taking behaviors, and others.