Bipolar disorder involves episodes of mania where a person feels extremely “up” — full of energy, elated, sometimes euphoric — and depressive periods where they feel sad, apathetic and hopeless. If unaddressed, this condition can severely interfere with daily life and well-being but is treatable once diagnosed.
There are different types of bipolar disorder, each with varying symptoms and severity. Explore the links below to learn more about these conditions, their symptoms and why it’s important to seek treatment at the first signs of a problem.
This one-minute video from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides an overview that describes bipolar disorder.
BIPOLAR DISORDER 101
This animated TedEd video narrated by Helen M Farrell explains bipolar disorders, its symptoms and treatments.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH HALSEY
In this episode of YouTube’s Artist Spotlight Stories, Halsey and licensed therapist Dr. Snehi Kapur explore bipolar disorder in an intimate one-on-one conversation.
Signs and Symptoms
Here are common symptoms of bipolar’s manic and depressive states. Bipolar disorder is associated with increased risk of substance misuse and suicide, so reach out for help as soon as you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one.
If left untreated, bipolar disorder usually worsens. However, with a good treatment plan including psychotherapy, medications, a healthy lifestyle, a regular schedule and early identification of symptoms, many people live well with the condition.
Trying to figure out how to deal with emotional struggles while we’re actually experiencing them can be challenging. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a minute to breathe, move, meditate or even make a gratitude list to help manage those feelings. Headspace offers a range of free videos to help.
TALK ABOUT IT
Too many people struggle with bipolar disorder in silence because they’re afraid of what people will think or that they’ll look weak. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. Bipolar disorder is a treatable medical condition, so there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Lean on your support network and talk about how you’re feeling (trust us, it helps).
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Our mental and physical health are intertwined, so it’s important to pay attention to both. Not getting enough sleep or the right nutrition can trigger or worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder. It’s okay to step back and take some time for yourself while you’re also reaching out for help and taking actions to feel better.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder typically don’t go away on their own, and when unaddressed, they can negatively impact work, school, relationships and overall wellness. Don’t wait until things get worse. Reach out for help from a professional. You can find resources below or visit our help-seeking page to learn more.
These resources can help you find professional support online, on the phone or in person. And if you or a friend are having thoughts of suicide, reach out immediately for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor anytime.