Understanding Psychological Disorders: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Kay Redfield Jamison is an American psychologist whose work on bipolar and depression has pioneered our understanding of these mental illnesses known as mood disorders. She has opened our eyes to the nexus of mental struggles people suffering from mood disorders have to go through.

Mania, a hyperactive and wildly optimistic state, followed by depression are the main symptoms of bipolar, but due to the many depictions and public opinions of mood disorders these conditions are either over diagnosed of underplayed and for someone seriously suffering this could have bad consequences.

Psychologists have worked to understand mood disorders more recently, trying to figure out what exactly they are, how they manifest and what could potentially cause them.