This section gives information on bipolar disorder. It explains the symptoms of bipolar disorder, treatments and ways you can manage your symptoms. It 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. It used to be called manic depression.
- Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to change from high (mania) to low (depression).
- Symptoms of mania can include: increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour, agitation and believing you have super powers for example.
- Symptoms of depression can include: 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 talking therapies for bipolar disorder.
This section covers:
- What is bipolar disorder?
- What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder and how is it diagnosed?
- What are the different types of bipolar disorder?
- What causes bipolar disorder?
- How is bipolar disorder treated?
- What treatment should I be offered?
- What if I am not happy with my treatment?
- What are the self care and management skills?
- What risks and complications can bipolar disorder cause?
- 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 2016. Next review March 2018.
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