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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a chronic (long-term) mental health condition characterised by persistent changes in mood, from hypomania (periods of high energy behaviour) to depression. Often developing during teenage years or early adulthood, bipolar disorder can be genetic, triggered by trauma or as a result of addiction.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder vary depending on the person and the state they’re in. During hypomania, symptoms may include:

  • elation or intense happiness
  • increased energy and reduced need for sleep
  • agitation and irritability
  • increased creativity
  • rapid thoughts and speech
  • impulsive behaviour and higher risk tolerance
  • inability to concentrate.

Symptoms of a depressive phase may include:

  • fatigue and lack of motivation
  • changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or oversleeping)
  • reduced libido
  • withdrawal from social contact and activities
  • changes in eating habits (overeating or loss of appetite)
  • reduced focus and concentration
  • decreased self-worth and suicidal thoughts.

I have bipolar disorder.

We’re here for you.

At Wesley Hospitals, we provide compassionate care and support to help you manage and overcome symptoms of bipolar disorder. Our clinicians will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that equips you with the skills and knowledge to regain control of your life and build a brighter future.

From individual counselling and day programs to in-hospital stays, we can provide you with the support you need.

Connect with us today for more information and support. Our team will get back to you within one business day.

I need help for a loved one.

We can help you support someone you care for.

Approximately one in 50 Australian adults experience bipolar disorder each year. Because symptoms vary from person to person and between phases, it can be hard to know when someone you love is suffering.

Without treatment, bipolar disorder can have long-term negative impacts on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. The sooner your loved one can access support, the better their chances of recovery will be.

At Wesley Hospitals, we offer three treatment options: appointment-based individual counselling, day programs in a group setting, as well as in-hospital stays. This provides your loved one with choice and flexibility to access the support that they need.

You’ve already taken the first step in supporting someone you love who may be experiencing bipolar disorder. For more information, contact our assessment team to see how we can work together to help your loved one identify their condition and manage their symptoms to return to a connected and fulfilling life.

You're not alone.

Here are some links to helpful information and resources about bipolar disorder to support your journey to better mental health and wellbeing.

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