For many decades, psychiatrists have observed the occurrence of bipolar disorder. A lifetime medical condition, it presents with mood swings that range from suicidal depression to manic stages in which the patient has enormous energy . The progress that scientists have made in its diagnosis and management over the last half century is phenomenal.
In the manic phase of the disease, the patient may remain awake for several days and engage in risky sexual behaviors. Specifically, they can resort to promiscuity and place themselves at risk for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Moreover, they may go on shopping sprees and write checks for large amounts of money .
When they go on sprees, they may forge or write checks with insufficient funds, and subsequently there may be legal charges against them .
The most severe cases of manic-depressive illness present as a psychotic condition, and in the depression phase, they may believe that they have come to financial ruin. In the manic phase of manic depressive psychosis, the patient may believe that he or she has special powers or abilities. The client may also think that he or she is wealthy or famous .