Find out all you need to know about bipolar disorder, a mood disorder characterised by extreme moods. Learn about the signs and symptoms, the different types of bipolar disorder, and what to do if you think you might have symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is when people experience serious extremes of mood, to the point where their moods interfere with their everyday life. If you have bipolar disorder your mood is likely to go through extreme highs (known as mania or hypomania) and lows (known as depression). However, what those moods feel like and how quickly or slowly you move between high and low moods is different for everyone. As a result, several different types of bipolar disorder have been identified.
The mood changes and feelings experienced by people with bipolar disorder are different from mood changes that most people experience in everyday life. Mood changes that occur as a result of bipolar disorder are extremely disruptive and impact on a person’s ability to function day to day.
Someone with bipolar disorder will experience mood changes between manic and depressed episodes.
When experiencing a manic episode, it’s common to feel or experience:
When experiencing a depressed episode, it’s common to feel or experience:
There are several different types of bipolar disorder, and the type you’re diagnosed with often depends on your individual experience of mood changes, including how quickly you swing between different moods.
All types of bipolar disorder are treatable.
If you think you may have bipolar disorder, it’s really worth visiting your GP for a consultation. Bipolar disorder can be hard to diagnose but it is able to be treated and managing it will be much easier if you get professional advice. A diagnosis may take a while as your GP will need to monitor your mood over a period of time, but once diagnosed your doctors can work with you to create a treatment plan which suits your personal circumstances and experience. Check out more info on treatment for bipolar disorder.
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