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Bipolar Disorder

Welcome to our Bipolar Disorder self-help page. Here we explain what bipolar disorder is, what kind of treatments are available, and how you can help yourself. We also provide guidance on what friends and family can do to help

What is bipolar disorder?

Everyone experiences changes in their mood. If you have bipolar disorder, you may experience more extreme states, which can have an enormously negative impact on your life. Bipolar disorder is characterised by alternating between mania, the feeling of being high and elation, to feeling very low and depressed. Some people also experience psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.

Useful Contacts

Bipolar UK

Overview: Support for people with bipolar disorder (including hypomania) and their families and friends
Telephone: 0333 323 3880
Website: www.bipolaruk.org

Carers UK

Overview: Independent information and support for carers
Telephone: 0808 808 7777
Website: www.carersuk.org


Overview: A supportive online community for people experiencing a mental health problem
Website: www.elefriends.org.uk

Mood Panda

Overview: Free online mood diary where you can track your mood over time
Website: www.moodpanda.com

National Debtline

Overview: Offers confidential advice concerning debts
Telephone: 0808 808 4000
Website: www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

NHS Choices – Bipolar Disorder

Overview: Advice for people with Bipolar Disorder
Website: www.nhs.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Overview: Bipolar Disorder advice
Website: www.rethink.org


Overview: Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope
Telephone: 116 123
Website: www.samaritans.org

Time to Change:

Overview: Blogs and stories from people with Bipolar Disorder
Website: www.time-to-change.org.uk


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