Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes individuals to experience extreme shifts in not only mood but also thought processes and behaviors. The disorder is very hard to correctly diagnose, and often years pass before a person receives the right diagnosis and can begin treatment to alleviate symptoms. A major reason why identification is so difficult is that symptoms easily get confused with those of other illnesses. Quite often, doctors mistakenly diagnose cases of bipolar disorder as severe depression or schizophrenia.

1. Down into the Depths of Depression

It is hard to find a human being who is upbeat all the time. Most of us have low moods due to some difficulties or disappointment in life, or, perhaps, due to diagnosed depression. In many cases, the feelings of depression a person with bipolar disorder experiences can reach extremes not seen in others. Many people find themselves drained of energy with no motivation. They might spend a great deal of time sleeping and become irritable.