Bipolar disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder (previously referred to as manic depression) is a medical illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels. It can cause your mood to swing from very high (mania) to very low (depression). Bipolar Disorder usually first develops in late teens or early adulthood.

Most people with Bipolar Disorder require some sort of lifelong treatment. While medication is one key element in successful treatment, psychotherapy, support, and education are also essential components.

Symptoms of mania:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Feeling very happy or positive even if things are not going well for you
  • Being more irritable than usual
  • Extremely talkative
  • Uncontrollable excitement
  • Uncontrollable spending
  • Risk taking behaviour
  • Being argumentative, pushy or aggressive

Symptoms of depression:

  • Low mood, sadness
  • Loss of hope
  • Physical slowing or agitation
  • Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Thoughts of death, suicide or suicide attempts


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