Bipolar.jpgBipolar disorder is a condition characterised by extreme mood swings, where individuals go back and forth between periods of extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression). Periods of mania and depression can last for several weeks or more at a time. Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally and usually starts between the ages of 15 and 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it could be genetic, occurring more often in those with relatives with bipolar disorder and can be triggered by stress, major life changes, medication, periods of sleeplessness and recreational drug use.


If you think that you or someone close to you has bipolar disorder and you are not sure where to turn for advice and support, then the Health and Support Group can put you in touch with those organisations and services specialising in this area of mental health and help you to find the facts and information to enable you to gain a better understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatments available.


The Community Programme can help you to locate support groups in your area, where you can speak with others similarly affected and professionals able to offer help and advice. Alternatively, you can discuss your feelings on our free, confidential online forum.

If you need practical help and support or specialist advice with this issue, please act now and contact one of the organisations listed by The Community Programme. 

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