Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects all kinds of individuals. Adult and children alike are affected by the condition. This is a fact you will have to understand. Women suffer the most from the type of depression known as bipolar depression disorder.
This is not so strange or far-fetched in any case, because even when women suffer from regular bipolar type of depression or depressive disorder, they often spend more time depressed than they do being manic. This is not to say that only women are depressive; men also are and they can be affected by the condition.
Bipolar type of disorder is also known as manic depression because it is a mental condition in which you interchange often between phases of mania and depression. When you suffer from bipolar depression type of disorder on the other hand, you don't spend as much time being manic as you spend being depressed.
This depression form of disorder, you must understand is easy to misdiagnose as bipolar disorder because of the similarity of their symptoms. As a result, the doctor may have to keep you around for lengthy periods when they are trying to diagnose you condition. It certainly will not be flattering to either of you if you got treated for the wrong thing.
Bipolar affective disorder is just another name for bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness. However, you don't want to mistake it for bipolar depression disorder. This is closely related, with all the symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, but very few, if any at all, of the mania.