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Bipolar Disorder

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Signs and Symptoms

Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depression) is a mood disorder, which affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is a mental illness where a person experiences extreme moods from very high and over-excited, to very low and depressed. The person may be affected so much that he or she experiences the symptoms of psychosis, and is unable to distinguish what is real. The symptoms generally react well to treatment, and most people with bipolar disorder recover well from episodes of the illness (Sane Australia).

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Treatment

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder is generally long term and can include a mixture of

  • Medication
  • Psychological therapies
  • Psychosocial interventions such as family support and education, case management and supported employment

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Who Can Help

There are a number of Mental Health Professionals who can help you. This can include a General Practitioner, Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Mental Health Nurse.

For Further Information

Black Dog Institute on Bipolar Disorder

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