Bipolar Disorder Signs and Symptoms ~ Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder marked by bouts of extreme and impairing changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. Bipolar disorder can be treated but not cured, it tends to be episodic in nature, but the goal of treatment is to manage the disease, decrease the severity of depressive and manic episodes and keep recurrences to a minimum.
Here is information about Bipolar Disorder. This might help you better understand your depression and manic episodes. The page includes myths and facts about bipolar, signs and symtptoms, treatments and more. Pay special attention to the section titled "Self-help for bipolar disorder". It has good information about what you can do to manage your symptoms.