Alternate Names : Manic Depression, Manic Depressive Disorder
What can be done to prevent the condition?
There is no known way to prevent bipolar disorder.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Without treatment, people with bipolar disorder generally have lifelong episodes of mania and depression. The episodes tend to become more frequent and more severe. The disorder can disrupt social relationships and ability to work. The person may be unable to carry out normal daily activities. People with untreated bipolar disorder have a high risk for suicide.
What are the risks to others?
Bipolar disorder is not contagious. However, it does tend to run in families.