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Bipolar in children and young people

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What's the experience of children and young people who have bipolar or live with adults who do?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for further information and our information leaflet relating to bipolar in children and young people

Bipolar research

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Bipolar UK has links with several UK academic centres that undertake research into bipolar and related conditions.

In addition Bipolar UK undertakes surveys to gauge the effectiveness of its own services as well as issues of relevance to the bipolar community

Bipolar UK services and activities

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Bipolar UK is involved in a range of policy activities as well as its ongoing peer support services and special events to help and support those living with bipolar.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to our support groups

Covid-19

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Articles and information about the coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect you with tips and resources for self-management.

Bipolar UK has published its research findings about the impact Covid-19 has had on people living with bipolar.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for further information relating to Covid-19 vaccination.

Creativity and bipolar

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Many people living with bipolar find an outlet in creativity, be it creative writing, drawing and painting or music. Reading too can provide insights into the condition and managing moods. 

Creativity can be a powerful tool for self management.

Also included here are media campaigns to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and fictional accounts of living with bipolar in film and on TV.

Experience of Black and Asian people

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The experience of Black, Asian and people from other minorities who are living with bipolar can be compounded by wider societal attitudes

Family, carers and friends

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A diagnosis of bipolar can be disorientating for family and friends - read other people's stories and learn how to help and support your loved one who is living with bipolar.

Check out our Information leaflets relating to Family, carers and friends

Legal information

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Living with bipolar means you have certain entitlements to ensure you are not discriminated against. There can also be other legal aspects to your treatment especially in hospital.

Read on for information about these and other legal matters that may affect you. 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for legal and related information

Medication and treatment

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There are a range of drugs: mood stabilisers and antipsychotics and other medications used in the treatment of bipolar as well as complementary therapies that people find helpful in supporting their mood

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to Medication and treatment as well as information leaflets relating to medication

Money and debt

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Mania drives some people to overspend, amassing debt they later regret and can ill afford. There is help to avoid this, enlisting the support of friends and family, talking to your bank and developing your own awareness of this behaviour.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to Money and debt, including benefits and insurance 

Personal experiences

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Reading other people's stories and experiences of bipolar may help you counter feelings of isolation. Many people when diagnosed have never met anyone else living with bipolar and don't know what to expect.

Find out more by reading real life accounts of living with bipolar

Pre-diagnosis or newly diagnosed

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It can take a while to establish a diagnosis of bipolar and there's a lot to take in once you have been confirmed with a diagnosis. Here are some real life stories to help you navigate the early weeks and months 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to symptoms and diagnosis of bipolar

Relationships

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Friendships and relationships can be affected by our experiences of bipolar and whilst it's important to have a good support network that can mean give and take on both sides. Don't give up - there are ways to suit everyone

Check out our information leaflets for Family, carers and friends

Self-management

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There are many techniques you can learn and tools you can use to monitor and manage your moods effectively. Check out the Bipolar UK mood scale for monitoring and recording how you are feeing

Read other people's accounts of how they manage their bipolar

Suicide prevention

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It is a fact the some people living with bipolar experience severe depression and suicidal thoughts.

People, who have lived through this write about their experiences and share their thoughts on coming through.

Bipolar UK does not offer crisis support but we have resources to help if you need urgent help

Technology, apps and social media

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Technology can help us provide you with support and information in a variety of ways.  

Guest speakers on our facebook live and Instagram pages provide their own insights of living with bipolar and facebook and twitter give you a platform to share your views and join the conversation.

Some support groups have moved online

Apps and other digital services can help you manage your bipolar effectively too. Check out articles below for ideas and inspiration

What is bipolar?

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Bipolar disorder is identified by two mood states: depression and mania. There is also hypomania, a milder form of mania and cyclothymia, a condition related to bipolar with milder symptoms. 

Bipolar is classified by some psychiatrists as bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 with different balances of mood states. So people's experience of bipolar can differ with some alternating between moods over long intervals whilst others may experience mood swings in quick succession - this is called rapid cycling.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to this topic and read some personal stories below

Women and bipolar

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Women's experience of bipolar may be affected by life stages and hormones. Pregnancy and childbirth can be both an exciting and a nerve wracking time for any woman. But if she is living with bipolar, the concerns may be heightened by the anxiety of additional health risks.

Our  eCommunity also has sections dedicated to Pregnancy and parenting and Menopause

heck out our Frequently Asked Questions relating to Women and bipolar

Work and learning

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Bipolar can affect you whether you are studying or at work. Bipolar UK offers help and support with information on your legal entitlements under the Equality Act 2010 and practical ideas to keep you well.

Visit our page about our Work and Learning service for advice and information services we offer and check out our Frequently Asked Questions