Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is characterised by extreme mood swings. These can range from extreme highs, sometimes referred to a mania and extreme lows, often referred to a depression.
Episodes of mania and depression can last days, several week or months.
The Mania phase of Bipolar disorder can include:
The Depression phase of Bipolar can include:
If you suffer from Bipolar you may have periods of depression more regularly than periods of mania, or vice versa. Between periods you may sometimes have times when you have a 'normal' mood. Patterns of bipolar are different for each person.
Help, support and treatment is out there for people who have Bipolar.
If you are not diagnosed with bipolar but feel you suffer from symptoms of it you need to speak to your GP as soon as possible. Make an appointment, and they will talk through the next steps with you, which is often being referred to a psychiatrist. This is so they can understand the best next steps to take with treatment and support.
The NHS states that:
Most people with bipolar disorder can be treated using a combination of different treatments.
These can include 1 or more of the following:
There is also the below recommended charity
Bipolar UK offers a range of support services, including peer support groups, a moderate eCommunity with thousands of users and 1:1 peer support. It also currently offering online specialist support groups for information click here >Bipolar UK online specialist support groups | Bipolar UK