Bipolar disorder is associated with extreme episodes of mood swings ranging from deep periods of debilitating depression to swing the other way to massive or manic highs.
In the most basic of layman terms, bipolar disorder is described as a chemical imbalance of the brain. Certain chemicals which control the brain appear to be lacking in those with the disorder. A couple are serotonin and dopamine, which are the feel good chemicals.
If not controlled by medication, ongoing therapy and a health lifestyle, it can run rampent to the everyday life of the individual affecting themselves, family members, friends and colleagues.
You need to have a positive mindframe and the will to lead a normal life as much as possible. Yes, you will have episodes that can be severe and heartwrenching, but by acknowledging that you have this illness – this is the most important thing.