The health body goes on to explain: “If you have bipolar disorder, you may have episodes of depression more regularly than episodes of mania, or vice versa.
“Between episodes of depression and mania, you may sometimes have periods where you have a ‘normal’ mood.”
But the patterns are not always the same. The health body says some people may experience:
rapid cycling – where a person with bipolar disorder repeatedly swings from a high to a low phase quickly without having a “normal” period in between
mixed state – where a person with bipolar disorder experiences symptoms of depression and mania together; for example, overactivity with a depressed mood