​Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder, characterized by abnormal mood shifts as well as fluctuations in energy, activity levels and the ability to complete everyday tasks. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that can damage relationships, career prospects, academic performance and can lead to suicidal tendencies.
 
A person with bipolar I disorder has severe fluctuations on mood – from depression to mania and visa versa. Usually, moods are normal in between the peaks and troughs. Bipolar disorder is severe, debilitating and incapacitating. Fortunately, it is treatable, and with proper care and the right medication people with it can perform well at work and academically, thereby leading full and productive lives.