Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental disorder characterized by unusual shifts in “mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.”
There are four types of bipolar disorder, but they’re all characterized by those visible changes in mood, etc.
1. Bipolar people can experience psychotic breaks
Bipolar disorder is not just aggressive mood swings, part of it can be psychosis as well, which is described as a “break with reality.”
According to New Life Outlook,
A psychotic break can often involve delusions or false beliefs that a person believes to be true despite lack of evidence, or evidence to the contrary. These might include the belief that one is a god, is impoverished, is being controlled by other people or forces, that one’s thoughts are being read by an outside force, or even that one’s spouse or partner is having an affair — that one is particularly painful; I’ve suffered from it on several occasions.
2. You don't have to have super high highs
A key part of bipolar disorder is cycling between depression and mania. But not all mania is full-blown. Hypomania, which can be described as an elevated mood, is not as obvious as full-on mania. You might be more sociable and more confident, but not so much that you turn people off.
3. You might become hypersexual
Find yourself feeling aroused more often or having the urge to sleep with way more people? It might be your bipolar disorder talking. If you suddenly can’t keep it in your pants you might be in the mania portion of your illness.
4. You're suddenly buying out stores
Are you suddenly Mr/Mrs. Big Spender? Do you find yourself buying all sorts of things you actually don’t need and didn’t plan for? Then you might be in the throes of illness. Ditto that sudden urge to gamble away your savings.