Bipolar disorder

Everyone experiences changes in their mood but bipolar disorder can change your mood dramatically, affecting every part of your life. You will feel extreme highs and lows sometimes lasting for months at a time. You may feel well between these times.

Overview of bipolar disorder

This section provides information about bipolar disorder. How it is diagnosed, possible causes and where to get further information and support.

  • Bipolar disorder was previously named manic depression. It is also sometimes known as bipolar affective disorder
  • It causes your mood to change from manic highs to extreme lows of depression
  • Symptoms of mania can include excitement, impulsive behaviour, increased energy and agitation
  • Symptoms of depression can include lack of energy, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts
  • You can also experience psychotic symptoms with bipolar disorder
  • There are many different causes such as genetics and environment

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