Do you feel overly happy or “high” for long periods of time or a decreased need for sleep?
Do you become easily distracted, have overconfidence in your abilities or engage in risky behaviour?
Do you feel sad or hopeless for long periods of time or withdrawing from friends and family?
Do you also have feelings of severe fatigue or lack of energy or having problems with memory?
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme changes in mood from high to low, and from low to high. Highs are periods of mania, while lows are periods of depression. The changes in mood may even become mixed, so you might feel elated and depressed at the same time.
There are effective, evidenced based treatments for working with bipolar disorder. However, those with bipolar disorder will also need to have ongoing medical management with this GP and psychiatrist.
There is a lot we can do to support, guide and assist you to improve your ability to cope and manage these problems. To find out more about how Northside Psychology may be able to help, get in touch with our team here.