Bipolar disorder


Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder used to be called ‘manic depression’. As the old name suggests, someone with bipolar disorder will have severe mood swings, which can range from depression to mania. These episodes can last several weeks or months and are far beyond what most of us experience and include feelings of intense depression and despair, high or 'manic' feelings of extreme happiness and elation or a mixtures of depressed mood with the restlessness and overactivity of mania. Treatment with medication by a psychiatrist is almost always necessary. Most people with bipolar disorder can be treated using a combination of different treatments, such as medication, talking therapy, lifestyle changes and exercise. Drugs that are often referred to as mood stabilisers, i.e. stabilising mood swings from severe depression to hyperactive mania are usually prescribed by the treating psychiatrist. Most guidelines suggest depression in bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilisers, such as lithium, alone. However, antidepressants are commonly used alongside a mood stabiliser or antipsychotic. Once the correct treatment has been established, people suffering from bipolar can go on to live as normal a life as possible.

Guide to going private

Guide to going private

20 page PDF guide to "going private" for insured and self-paying patients.

  • Advice on choosing a doctor and hospital
  • Checklist for comparing providers
  • Understanding prices

Download >

Compare health insurance

Compare health insurance

  • Compare quotes from leading insurers
  • Tailor your policy online to meet your needs
  • Advanced comparison tools:
    • Instant price updates
    • Detailed information on all products
    • Only buy the cover you need
    • Buy online or speak to a product specialist

Compare quotes >


Latest news

Covid 19 services at The London General Practice

Andrew Goldberg was featured on Radio 4's 'Inside Health'.

Val Cornwall was diagnosed with osteoarthritis

Find a ...