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Bipolar disorder is a long-term mental health condition characterised by severe periods of high and low mood. It can cause distinctive, often extreme changes in energy, concentration or focus, and can affect someone's sleep, thinking, and behaviour. There is no single cause, but it can be treated with a combination of things that include talking therapy, medication, and the support of family and friends.
Bipolar can be successfully treated – the first step is getting an assessment. We can help with both, face-to-face or online.
Bipolar can be very hard to live with; a thorough assessment and treatment plan can make all the difference.
There are 5 types of Bipolar Affective Disorder – up to 70% people get misdiagnosed as the symptoms are similar to other conditions.
Bipolar is characterised by changes in moods, the cycle and severity depending on the type of Bipolar.
Misdiagnosis is very common with Bipolar, so seeing an expert in the condition is key.
Both talking therapies and medication have been proven as effective for treating Bipolar Disorder.
Read more about the different types of medication used to treat Bipolar and common side effects of each.
Medication isn’t the only option for treating Bipolar – talking therapies and Psychology have been proven to increase the likelihood of recovery.
The Bipolar Disorder test is an easy and anonymous way of finding out if the symptoms you are struggling with, and how you are feeling is a result of Bipolar. Your results may indicate whether you might benefit from treatment from one of our experienced, senior psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists.Take a 5 minute test
You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis
Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide
Qualified and friendly triage team to help you find the right option
Every year we help thousands of people, just like you, to find expert, Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who have many years’ experience in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder.
I was seen very quickly, following a conversation with someone in the triage team who really took the time to understand what my concerns were. I wasn’t sure about getting a diagnosis, but the appointment with the Psychiatrist was excellent, very thorough and I have been amazed at level of care taken by the clinician to understand me. The comprehensive report which followed, has been incredibly useful and I now feel more confident about going forward.
I was surprised how easy it was to get hold of someone to talk to about appointments, and changes to my condition – every time I have rung I have spoken to someone who understands Bipolar. Everybody I’ve spoken with has been very friendly, certainly non-judgemental and made me feel at ease. My appointment was very thorough, I was quickly able to talk about everything I needed to
I have struggled on and off with depression most of my life. My GP has prescribed antidepressants and a short course of CBT, but they haven’t really helped. I was a bit nervous about paying privately, but it was well worth it. I saw a Psychiatrist who obviously really understands depression and actually changed my diagnosis. Now I know what I am dealing with, I can find a treatment that will work. Thank you.
Just to say thank you for the whole team for helping me, it’s been great to finally get a proper treatment plan in place, I don’t know why I delayed doing this for so long. The whole process was really clear and the triage team were really nice to me on the phone, always polite. I have had six sessions of therapy so far and it seems to be making a difference already!
The ADHD assessment was very thorough, I felt like no stone was left unturned. It was a surprise to me to learn that I also have depression, which helps explain some of how I have been feeling. Now I have a proper medication plan in place I feel much better, the Dr. explained the whole thing to me and I am looking forward to things settling down.
Bipolar – 70% of people with Bipolar will be misdiagnosed at least once
Parliament Briefing 2017