If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, it’s important to understand there are many forms of depression. Basically, Bipolar Disorder involves episodes of depression and mania. Bipolar I Disorder involves severe mood swings while Bipolar II involves milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with severe depression. There are other variations of Bipolar Disorder as well, and in the end, every person is different. There are many treatment options depending on the type of depression you have.