When it comes to bipolar disorder, it's a relatively...not new, but misunderstood disease. The main reason is that a person with bipolar disorder can go from pretty much perfectly fine to, well, angry, upset, and depressed without any rhyme or reason. However, this particular disorder is different for every person, as well with every age-group, and can even vary IN one person. However, you have to keep in mind that mental illness also knows no limits. Here are a few things that you should know about those that are at risk for manic-depressive disorder and who can have it:

First of all, there are a few different types of bipolar disorder. You have bipolar depression, where severe depression occurs for a few weeks at a time and then fades out to normal and then does so again. Then there is bipolar mania, in which a person is extremely happy, energetic, and talkative for a week and then flatlines into normal again. However, bipolar disorder itself is a rapid cycle between both of these particular moods that can be dangerous, for quite a few reasons. Mainly, there are risks that go together with both different moods

However, when it comes to bipolar disorder, there are certain people who are pre-dispositioned to it. These include people who have family member who have had the disorder. There is also a theory that it's caused by a chemical imbalance of some kind inside the brain, indicating that there might be an organic cause as well. In short, if this particular mental illness runs in your family, there may be a genetic cause as to why you or a loved one has it or might develop bipolar disorder.

For men and women, the disease is different. For example, a guy will most likely experience a manic state first, while women will notice a depressive state first. Women also cycle quite a bit more as well. The average age for being diagnosed with bipolar disorder is about twenty-five, but children and teens are also at risk, though not quite as often as an adult. Medication is one possible trigger for the manic state, along with low-sleep. You might also notice a problem after drinking or even after having a particularly stressful week. The point is, While bipolar disorder might stem from chemical imbalances, it also has other triggers that might trigger the production of these particular hormones.

Finally, people are often diagnosed with bipolar disorder AFTER a difficult time in their lives, usually an extremely high-stress period of time. This is really important and something that you should definitely keep in mind. If you find yourself exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder after you have gone through a tough time, don't hesitate to contact a professional. Bipolar disorder is a serious thing, but it can be treated. You just have to be willing to get help. Do you know anyone who might have this disorder? If you do, try to help them to at least get screened to make sure that everything is alright.