Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder

Lesson 6

Bipolar disorder can be severe, affecting all aspects of life. Each mood can last a short time, or for weeks and months.

Bipolar can make your mood change dramatically - from feeling very depressed, to being over-active (also called mania).


  • Feeling sad or irritable
  • Lack of energy or interest in life
  • Sleeping and eating less or more
  • Low self-esteem
  • Losing interest in sex
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Feeling energetic or restless
  • Irritability
  • Talking quickly
  • Making impulsive decisions
  • Being sexually promiscuous
  • Being argumentative or aggressive


You can be prescribed antidepressants or mood stabilisers. You might also benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy, or psychoeducation to help you learn about managing the symptoms.

If you have any symptoms described on this page, it's a good idea to talk to your GP.