Bipolar, formerly known as manic depression, is characterized by mood dysregulation. In this condition, an individual often alternates between unusually high moods (mania or hypomania) and low moods (depression). The intensity of these moods can cause much distress. Mood swings can also interfere with a person’s ability to function.

There are three types of bipolar: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymia. The types differ on the intensity and frequency of each mood phase. People with any type of bipolar can benefit from therapy. Treatment can help an individual manage their moods and prevent symptoms from becoming more severe.