What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a brain-based illness which causes people to experience periods of unusually intense emotion, changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These distinct periods are called “mood episodes.” Mood episodes are drastically different from the moods and behaviors that are typical for the person. Extreme changes in energy, activity, and sleep usually go along with mood episodes. Mood episodes can be manic or hypomanic, depressive, or mixed (where someone has characteristics of both mania and depression).
Manic or Hypomanic Symptoms:
What can you do?
What can you do if you are in crisis?
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.
If a loved one is considering suicide: