Bipolar disorder is a type of mental disorder in which an individual has fluctuating emotional states. Usually the person will fluctuate between a manic stage and a depressive stage. The manic stage is usually characterized by times of high energy and euphoria. While in this stage it is easy to feel invincible and be overactive, trying to fit in many different activities. This can be dangerous because it can lead many to make risky decisions and take on bad habits such as gambling or going on shopping sprees. However what goes up must come down which leads to a depressive phase. During a depressive phase, a person will usually have low energy, but feel unable to sleep and feel irritable. This phase can lead to suicidal thoughts since it is difficult to cope with. The extent to which someone experiences manic and depressive phases varies per case. Some people have terrible depressive episodes. Some people have more manic episodes than depressive episodes. Though the cause for bipolar disorder is unknown it is likely due to a combination of your surroundings. Those who have experienced traumatic events are more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Additionally, those who are close to someone that is bipolar is more likely to develop the same habits. If you believe that you are bipolar the best thing you can do is start talking to someone about it, whether it’s a friend, family member, or a medical professional. You can find ways to express your emotions to lessen the extremity of your emotions, however if that does not work it is possible to consult with a medical professional who can offer you therapy and potentially medication. If you would like to learn more about this and my take on bipolar disorder click the link in my bio to read my book!