Bipolar disorder,sometimes known as manic depression, is a mental illness characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs and depressive lows. The majority of individuals with bipolar disorder experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. It is estimated that 2 to 3% of the population are affected by bipolar disorder.
Both men and women of any age and from any social or ethnic background can develop the illness. The symptoms can first occur and then reoccur when work, studies, family or emotional pressures are at their greatest. In women it can also be triggered by childbirth or during the menopause.
The key to coping with bipolar disorder is an early diagnosis, acceptance of the illness and adapting your lifestyle so you are in control of the symptoms as much as possible. Management of the illness can be achieved through strategies involving medication, psychological therapies and self management.
Bipolar Scotland grew out of Self-Help Groups and our Groups remain hugely important to us. Our groups meet once a month (usually 7-9pm) and are free to attend. You don’t have to be a Bipolar Scotland member and you don’t need a referral or an appointment. Our groups are places where people who live with bipolar can share ideas and information on how to improve their quality of life. They’re great places for letting off steam about issues that are stressing you and for getting support from people who know what you’re talking about.
Our groups are equally open to friends, family and carers of people with a bipolar diagnosis and have regular guest speakers, so please come and join us.
If you live in an area which isn’t served by one of our groups and would like to help
set one up, why not get in touch via 0141 560 2050 or email@example.com –
we’d love to hear from you.