About Bipolar Disorder
Symptoms of depression often include feelings of hopelessness and sometimes extreme guilt. The person may have little energy and find everyday life a struggle. The most significant impact for people who experience bipolar is the link to suicidal ideation and people often think about suicide while experiencing an extreme low. They can become anxious that others around them may die. They can become preoccupied with thinking about death and this in turn may lead them to think about their own death. At this stage, people very often feel like it will always be this way and cannot recall feeling happy or positive.
People experiencing the most extreme ends of the scale (i.e. mania ordepression) may require medical support to promote recovery. This can take place either in hospital or in the community with support from Community Mental Health Teams and/or by other appropriate community services. Medication will be introduced, changed, increased or decreased at this point by a GP or, more frequently, by a psychiatrist.