I have Manic/Depression. Its not like bipolar. But in eiter case it can cause an imbalance in emotions. WIth Manic Depression little things could send you into depression, like if you seen a cat that reminded you of your pet, and you started thinking about how he died 4 years ago and all the things you did together and it makes you depressed because you miss him. And then someone could show compassion and everything would be okay again...Its odd... It feels odd. Especially when you are aware of it. I (personally) think Manic/depressant is more psychological than physiological. Bipolar is a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes you unable or overly able to act to certian things, like lack of excitement, or over excitement, and then a sudden change of chemicals could turn someomne to anger and tears.
I like to classify it into two cattegories
either caused by trauma
or embeded into your chemical make-up and hereditory
usually depression caused by trauma will go away sometime, depending on how badly traumatized the person was.
usually when depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain, it will never really go away. it will stay with you for the rest of your life, but can be treated by anti-depressants so you barely notice it if youre on a good one!
both are awful things to deal with.
Except manic/depression is bipolar, it is simply the old term that is no longer used. There's no such thing as manic/depression any more. And to separate the psychological from physiological is rather a pointless argument, the two are connected. I think you need to speak to your doctor again. As you are obviously extremely misinformed.
Depends on the context, but I would probably interpret it as a mood disorder/ mood issue. I.e. the person's mood may be fluctuating (bipolar I or II, or cyclothymia, or they may have major depression, dysthymia etc).
It means that you're not in the "neutral" zone of emotions. It could either mean you're manic [hyperactive/super happy] or depressive [inactive/way down down].