I'm writing a paper for one of my lit. classes on Madame Bovary
and I'm convinced the main character, the Madame Bovary of the title, has a form of Bipolar Disorder and that's what I'm writing my paper on. But there are plenty of questions I have about Bipolar Disorder that I can't find in a medical textbook.
One of these questions is that she has her episodes of mania and depression after something happens and if that's possible to have an episode triggered by an event. For example, she's invited to a ball and goes into a manic phase, later, when she's dumped by her lover during a manic phase, she slips into a depressive phase.