Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that sees someone experiencing days, weeks and sometimes months of extreme moods of mania and depression, ranging between the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
- No appetite and loss of weight
- Struggling to concentrate
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
- Feeling anxious or guilty without reason
- Withdrawal from people and activities
- Irritability and aggression
- Running on empty without sleep
- Feeling complete euphoria (like a ‘high’) or extremely energetic
- Lavish, unrealistic plans
- Thinking and speaking quickly
- Unsafe sexual activity
Bipolar disorder can be treated through counselling and education, which can help someone better understand and manage their condition, as well as medication.