What is Bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder is a serious life long mental health condition which features pronounced mood swings. The condition was formerly known as manic depression. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the condition affects 2.9% of Australians aged 16 and over, or 568,000 people.

According to the Black Dog Institute, a leading research body based at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, bipolar disorder is largely inherited through genetics, and can be triggered by factors including stress, pregnancy, and illicit drug use.

Typical treatment for Bipolar includes medication prescribed by a psychiatrist, psychological therapies such as counselling, and education for families and friends. Although there is no cure for the condition, it can be well managed, and people who receive the proper treatments are generally able to work, have families, and participate in all aspects of community life.

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Bipolar Dictionary

There are a lot of special terms which are used by mental health professionals , as well as the people they serve.

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Bipolar Documentary

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Recovery Stories

Read the recovery journey of others or tell your own story.

Treatments for Bipolar

Discover the treatments and tools that make recovery possible for every person who has Bipolar Disorder.

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Unusual Bipolar Types

Most people with bipolar have either bipolar I or bipolar II disorder. However, there are also a number of less common types.

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World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who is widely believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder.

Where can I find out more ?

  • If you think that you, or someone you know, might be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, the Black Dog Institute provides a FREE online Mood Swings Questionnaire which will help you to assess the symptoms further.

  • Bipolar Caregivers website, sponsored by the University of Melbourne, contains a comprehensive encyclopaedia of bipolar related information.

  • Bipolar Scotland has a video series covering a range of topics including diagnosis, families and carers, and pregnancy.

  • Bipolar Australia offers education and training services for families, medical and social work professionals, and educational institutions based in New South Wales, Victoria, south-eastern Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory.

  • If you need emergency assistance, click here.