I recently published seven articles about Manic Depression at Associated Content. If you are interested in reading them, you can email me at holly 76209 at gmail dot com. [Spambots must die!]
I'll give you the information you need to locate them on the AC website.
They cover a broad range of topics from signs and symptoms of depression cycles and manic cycles; dealing with recovery; treatment strategies; where to find information about Manic Depression; resources available for the disorder; how to cope with the disorder and answers the basic question of what it is.