This section gives information on bipolar disorder. It explains the symptoms of bipolar disorder, treatments and ways to manage symptoms. It also covers what treatment the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends.
- Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder.
- Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to swing from high (mania) to low (depression).
- Symptoms of mania can be: increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour, increased belief in your own powers and agitation.
- Symptoms of depression can be: lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness, low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.
- You can also have psychotic symptoms if you have bipolar disorder.
- There are different types of bipolar disorder.
- There are different causes of bipolar including genetics and environment
- You can get medication and psychological treatments for bipolar disorder.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2014. Next review March 2016.
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