Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterised by feelings of extreme highs or lows, or ‘mood swings’.

Everybody experiences a range of moods depending on their circumstances, but a person with bipolar disorder will experience extreme moods – being very high and over-excited to feeling low, depressed and helpless. Some people experience mostly the highs, some experience mostly the lows and others experience both.

When someone is experiencing the extreme lows of a depressed episode, this becomes a risk factor for suicide.