Bipolar disorder

If you’re worried about yourself or someone else, then we’ve got advice to help.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that involves having mood swings called depression and mania.

People with bipolar disorder might experience one feeling more than another. How they’re feeling might change quickly, or happen after weeks or months. There are different types of bipolar disorder, but only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose whether someone has it.

There are different types of bipolar disorder, and some people with bipolar can see or hear things that other people don’t, experience. This is called psychosis.

It’s natural to have changes in mood or times when you’re feeling better or worse, but if your feelings are hurting you or stopping you from living your life then it’s important to get support.

Find out more about bipolar disorder and its symptoms on the NHS website.

4 things to remember about bipolar

  • About 1 in every 100 people will experience it
  • Only a specialist doctor can diagnose if you have bipolar
  • Bipolar disorder affects people differently
  • It’s okay to ask for support, even if you don’t have a diagnosis.

Find out more about bipolar

Getting help and support

Experiencing symptoms of bipolar can be upsetting, and you might be worried about what’s happening.

There is support to help you find ways to cope and feel better.

If you think you might have bipolar disorder, it’s important to visit your doctor.

Your doctor is there to help you get the right support, and is the only person who can diagnose you.

Taking care of yourself

Whatever's happening there are small things you can do every day to

make it easier to cope: