Bipolar Disorder is a condition which affects your mood. If you have bipolar disorder you might have experienced hypomanic or manic episodes, some psychotic symptoms and some depressive episodes. 

Often referred to as “Mood states”, the changes in your mood can be distressing and have a large impact on your daily life. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The Causes of Bipolar Disorder

It’s not yet clear exactly what causes bipolar disorder. Research has suggested that it could be caused by 

  • Brain chemistry
  • Childhood trauma
  • Genetics
  • Stressful events

 

If you suffer from this condition you may want to find help. Searching for bipolar disorder Selby”, for example, can put you one step closer to having the support you need. 

Getting support is essential as it can vastly improve your quality of life. 

Symptoms

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can differ from person to person, however, many people experience some or all of the following: 

  • Depressive episodes – Feeling very low, tired, worthless, and even suicidal
  • Hypomanic episodes – Feeling very high, agitated, euphoric or confident
  • Manic episodes – Feeling very high, easily distracted, untouchable, or uncontrollably excited
  • Mixed episodes – Feeling low and high at the same time, having difficulty working out exactly how you feel and acting on your thoughts and feelings
  • Psychotic symptoms – Such as experiencing hallucinations or feeling paranoid

 

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder 

Your doctor might offer you medication so your symptoms aren’t as bad. They might also offer you treatment such as cognitive behavioural therapy. 

Please note, the type of treatment you’re offered can depend on what symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Your doctor and any other health professional that you see might offer you a range of treatments and plans. These plans can be very useful in the long term and they can include:

  • A crisis plan – A plan such as this can help you if you’re distressed and if you begin to experience triggers or warning signs
  • Recovery goals – These goals can give you something to work towards and help you to reflect on how you’re coping
  • A medication plan – A plan such as this can help you to review your doses and determine how your medication is working

 

If you think you have bipolar disorder or you’re worried about your mental health please speak to your doctor.  In the meantime, searching online for “mental health help near me” can help you to find support groups that can offer advice. You might even meet someone who has the same or similar experiences to you. Talking to someone else who has bipolar disorder can help you to feel less alone.

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk