Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is characterised by periods of low (depressed) and high (elated) moods.
People who have bipolar disorder can experience severe shifts in mood and can have periods when they feel overly happy and energetic and other periods of feeling very sad, tired and hopeless.
A correct diagnosis is essential when treating bipolar disorder. If you think you have bipolar disorder, speak to your GP or a mental health professional. Consider seeking support from people you trust as well, like a parent, carer, an adult you trust or a good friend.
More support and information:
- Aware provides information and support to people experiencing bipolar disorder and their family members. Website: aware.ie
- Shine is a national organisation that provides information and support to people affected by bipolar disorder and other mental health difficulties, as well as their families. Website: shine.ie
If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm or if you need help right away, call 999 or 112
There are also specific support lines that you can call:
Samaritans Ireland – 116 123
Pieta House – 1800 247 247
Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.