Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a serious mood disorder with extreme highs and lows experienced by the individual diagnosed.

People with Bipolar are likely to experience both depressive and manic moods, however it affects everyone differently.

Some people may experience more depressive moods than manic, and vice versa. These moods are known as ‘cycles’. People can experience less extreme moods in between cycles.

Rapid cycling is when someone constantly switches from one extreme to another on a regular basis. It affects ten to twenty per cent of people with Bipolar Disorder and can be extremely stressful for the individual experiencing it.

People can have a mixed state where they experience elements of both a depressive and manic state.

Common Experiences of Bipolar Disorder

Depressive Cycles

  • Lack of energy fulfilling daily tasks.
  • Loss of interest in everyday activities.
  • Feeling empty and worthless.
  • Withdrawing from others.
  • Suicidal feelings.

Manic Cycles

  • Talking very quickly.
  • Easily irritated.
  • Easily distracted.
  • Excessive energy.
  • Feelings of self-importance.
  • Not eating or sleeping for long periods.

Personal Story

“Other people see me as having it all but perceptions can often be deceiving."

“Yes living with Bipolar has “had its highs and lows”, for the first 12 years I was on another planet, extremely isolated, people would stare at me, knowing that I was “different”, had been locked away for months on end." 

“I lost friends, or those who I thought were friends, particularly those with young children who seemed to think I posed a danger – there was still so much that needed to be learned and understood 30 years ago about mental illness."

- Pru Davies 

Read Pru's story here.

 

More Information

Bipolar Scotland: http://www.bipolarscotland.org.uk
Bipolar UK: http://www.bipolaruk.org.uk
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): http://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/CG38