This section explains the symptoms of bipolar disorder, treatments and ways to manage the condition. This section is for people with bipolar disorder. And their carers, relatives and friends.
- Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder. It used to be called manic depression.
- Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to swing from an extreme high to an extreme low.
- Manic symptoms can include increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour and agitation.
- Depressive symptoms can include lack of energy, feeling worthless, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.
- You can also have psychotic symptoms. Psychotic symptoms can mean that you see and hear things that feel real but they don’t exist.
- There are different types of bipolar disorder.
- We don’t know what causes bi-polar. But it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental causes
- Bipolar disorder is treated with medication or talking therapies.
This section covers:
1. What is bipolar disorder?
2. What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?
3. What are the different types of bipolar disorder?
4. What causes bipolar disorder?
5. How do I get help if I think I have bipolar disorder?
6. What is the treatment for mania, hypomania and depression?
7. What if I am not happy with my treatment?
8. What can I do to manage my symptoms?
9. What risks and complications can bipolar disorder cause?
10. Information for carers, friends and relatives
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2018. Next review March 2021.
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