Bipolar disorder used to be called manic depression and involves severe mood swings that can last several weeks or months.
These are characterised by ‘highs’ (Feelings of extreme happiness, excitement and over-activity) ‘lows’ (intense feelings of depression and despair) and ‘mixed feelings'.
It isn’t clear what causes Bipolar Disorder but it is thought that a range of factors could be involved including family history, a physical problem in the brain, stressful experiences or physical illness.
There are different types of Bipolar Disorder and the leaflets below will tell you more about this.
Find out more
Understanding Bipolar Disorder a leaflet from Mind
Bipolar Disorder an information leaflet from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
MDF The Bipolar organisation
Mood Swings Network offering information and online support.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone close to you, it is worth discussing your concerns with your GP. For services in Manchester click here.