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Bipolar Disorder

You may have heard of the old term 'manic depression' - this is what we now refer to as bipolar disorder.

Bipolar is characterised by a swing between depression (feeling very low) and mania (feeling very high).

Symptoms of depression can be seen on our depression page, and symptoms of mania can include;

  • Feeling very ambitious

  • Feeling very happy

  • Spending recklessly on things you do not need/want ordinarily, and cannot afford

  • Feeling like you don't need to eat or sleep

  • Irritability

  • Speaking quickly

There are also two types of bipolar; I and II. Diagnosis of which type you have will depend on the frequency and duration of your mania and depression.

Do you think you have, or know someone who has bipolar? Click the buttons below for further information around support.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.