Dear Diary, My moods have been so unpredictable over the past days. One moment I have been HIGH and the next LOW and sometimes experiencing HIGHS and LOWS at the same time. There seems to be no end to this endless cycle of emotion. I can't seem to do anything productive, only survive for this moment. I have so much to do, so many things to achieve, so many GREAT ideas that I want to put into action, but my thoughts flash through my mind so fast I can't grasp a thought without the next crashing through my mind. My mind seems paralysed due to the static energy in my mind.

I can feel the energy drain from my mind with every thought. As soon as a HIGH takes over my mind it is replaced by a LOW. I smile one moment and the next I cry. I try to detach myself from this destruction in my mind and pray that God will keep me safe until the storm is past. Love, Janie (tripod). To the majority of people, this diary entry sounds like a nightmare; however, to the three million people who battle with bipolar disorder, it is a harsh reality and what they are plauged by everyday.

The severe mood fluctuations of bipolar or manic-depressive disorders have been around since the 16-century and affect 3 to 6% of the population in both sexes, all races, and all parts of the world (Sachs). Many people clearly live with bipolar disorder in society; nevertheless, despite the abundance of people suffering from it, definite explanations for the causes are still ambiguous. The one fact of which society is painfully aware of is that bipolar disorder severely undermines its victims' abilities to obtain and maintain social and occupational success. Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder are so debilitating, it is imperative to remain vigilant in the quest for explanations of its causes and developing adequate treatments.