Bipolar disorder can be a life-long mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. It affects how you feel and your mood can change massively. You can experience episodes of mania, and depression. When your mood changes, you might see changes in your energy levels or how you act. Bipolar disorder used to be called manic depression.
Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression. Depression is a long lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities.
Dissociation and dissociative identity disorder (DID)
Many people will experience dissociation at some point in their lives. Lots of different things can cause you to dissociate. If you dissociate you might feel like you are not connected to your own body. Or like you are watching things happen around you, without feeling it.
Borderline personality disorder
This section has information on borderline personality disorder (BPD), including symptoms, causes and treatments. You might find it helpful if you live with a diagnosis of BPD, or if you know someone who does. Borderline personality disorder is also called emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD). In this section, we call it BPD as this is still the most common term for the illness. But we appreciate that both terms can be controversial.
Drugs, alcohol and mental health
This section explains how using drugs and alcohol can affect your mental health. It also explains how you can get help to stop using drugs and alcohol. In this section, ‘drugs’ means recreational drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs. When someone with a mental illness also uses drugs, doctors call this ‘dual diagnosis’ or ‘co-occurring diagnosis’.
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