Bipolar affective disorder, or manic depression as used to be known, is a medical term used by psychiatrists to describe a form of mental distress that affects someone's mood or behaviour.
The word bipolar means two opposite poles. The two poles of bipolar affective disorder are depression and mania. It is a mental illness that can affect men and women, from all walks of life and of all ages, from early childhood onwards.
There is no shortage of information about Bipolar on the web - we have tried to include below those we feel our the best. But remember, no two people are the same - each of us with this diagnosis strives hard to find a lifestyle and form of treatment that works for them.
Booklet on Bipolar Disorder
- by NHS Health Scotland
(click image to download PDF of booklet)
Bipolar Scotland have a number of useful leaflets available in PDF format
- General Information about Bipolar
- Living with Bipolar disorder
- Planning Ahead - Advance Statement
- Family and Friends
- Coping with Stress
- Dealing with Depression
- Handling a High
- Carers Dealing with Depression
- Carers Handling a High
The BBC website has a section on Bipolar
The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has a section on Bipolar described (by them!) as 'Readable and well-researched information for the public'
Do get in touch if you come across any other website for feel we should add to this list