Mental Health UK
Bipolar disorder


This section gives information on bipolar disorder. It explains the symptoms, the potential causes of bipolar disorder and where you can get further information and support.


  • Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder. It used to be called manic depression.
  • Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to change from high (mania) to low (depression).
  • Symptoms of mania can include: increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour, agitation and believing you have super powers for example.
  • Symptoms of depression can include: lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness, low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.
  • You can also have psychotic symptoms if you have bipolar disorder.
  • There are different types of bipolar disorder.
  • There are different causes of bipolar including genetics and environment

This section covers:

1. What is bipolar disorder?

2. What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder and how is it diagnosed?

3. What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

4. What causes bipolar disorder?

5. Where can I get further information and support?


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