In the United States, about 5.7 million adults live with a condition called bipolar disorder. Of those, 1.5 million adults live with Bipolar I Disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness). There are four basic types four basic types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can severely affect mood and energy, causing it to interfere with your life. A person with Bipolar I Disorder has both manic and depressive episodes, and their symptoms can last for days at a time.
Some people with Bipolar I Disorder may experience mania and depression at the same time. These are referred to as mixed episodes. And often, a person experiencing a mixed episode doesn’t understand what’s happening, because its symptoms can appear to be opposite from each other.
If you or your loved one is living with Bipolar I Disorder, this website is here to help. It offers various resources, education, and information. Our goal is to assist everyone affected by Bipolar I Disorder — and mixed episodes in particular.