bipolar disorder

While we all experience mood changes in response to life’s events, some people’s moods fluctuate up and down much more than usual.
People with bipolar disorder can have extreme moods of feeling really high, very active and euphoric (‘manic’); or feeling really low (‘depression’).

 

When these shifts in moods cause changes in how you’re behaving and how you are able to function in your everyday life, it’s important to get help.

 

Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition with strong changes in mood and energy. One in 50 (1.8%) adult Australians experience bipolar disorder each year.

Bipolar disorder needs long-term management, which may include medication and psychological therapies. Bipolar disorder affects how we are able to function in our everyday life. Untreated, it makes it hard to consistently cope at work, home, school or socially.

Signs and symptoms

Someone with bipolar disorder has episodes of depression and highs (feeling ‘hyper’ or ‘wired’).
During the ‘highs’ they might feel like things are speeding up, having thousands of thoughts and ideas, and they may feel invincible or behave recklessly.

Common early warning signs for hypomania and mania:
Common early warning signs of bipolar depression:

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