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World Bipolar Day – 30 March 2023

World Bipolar Day is celebrated every year on 30 March every year. “The vision of World Bipolar Day is to encourage understanding about what bipolar is – and isn’t – and to banish stigma from the face of the planet.”

What is Bipolar?

Bipolar is a severe mental illness characterised by extreme mood swings and changes in energy levels. Someone with bipolar can have long or short periods of stability but can then go ‘low’ (into deep depression) or ‘high’ (experiencing hypomania, mania or psychosis).

What are the symptoms of bipolar?

Symptoms of bipolar can include     

  • Suicidal thinking
  • Depression  

You might feel hopeless, sad, tearful, tired, agitated and uninterested in everything. You might avoid things, sleep a lot or struggle to sleep, eat too much or too little, misuse drugs or alcohol.       

  • Hypomania
  •  Mania

You might feel very excited or euphoric, very confident or irritable, or that your thoughts are speeded up. You may feel more sexually aroused. You might talk a lot and quickly, you might make impulsive decisions, spend money recklessly or gamble or take risks, your sleep will be affected. Often someone experiencing mania will have little insight into what is happening and will not understand how what they are doing might impact on other people.

There is no particular pattern with the symptoms, some people can experience more highs than lows, and some more lows than highs. Some people with bipolar can live with a  relatively stable mood for long periods of time.

Treatment for Bipolar

Often Bipolar is treated with Medication and there are several medications that are available. Some people also find psychological support useful alongside medication to help manage their condition.

How can you find out more about Bipolar and World Bipolar Day?

The Website Bipolar UK has a wide range of resources and information about Bipolar. They have a free elearning course which is for anyone who wants to learn more about bipolar and will help you understand how to support someone you know who is living with the condition.

Bipolar UK elearning course

Bipolar UK – You might also want to join their free conference on 30 March 6-9pm.

NHS – Bipolar Disorder

Mind – Bipolar Disorder

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