Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder characterised by severe mood swings. It is estimated that just over 1% of the UK population suffers from the condition and it affects a greater proportion of women than men. There are several types of the disorder, but the two main types are:
Bipolar I disorder – where at least one manic episode has occurred which may have been preceded or followed by hypomanic or major depressive episodes.
Bipolar II disorder – where at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode has occurred, but no manic episode.
Those with bipolar disorder alternate between depression and hypomania (or mania in the case of Bipolar Disorder I) in between periods of stability.
If you are experiencing mania, you feel invincible, extremely upbeat, jumpy and talkative and it’s hard for everyone else to keep up with you.
Hypomania is a milder form of mania. You are in a good mood and feeling energised but it’s under control. It can however sometimes develop into mania.
What are the signs of bipolar disorder?
At Private Psychiatry, we help many patients manage their bipolar disorder and to live normal, fulfilling lives. If you would like us to help you or a loved one, please get in touch.
Further information on the symptoms of and treatments for bipolar disorder can be found in our series of videos featuring consultant psychiatrist, Dr Adrian Winbow.