Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder defined:

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes bipolar disorder as a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms can range from severe depression to mania. According to the NIMH bipolar disorder affects 2.6% of the adult population with over half of all cases developing by age 25.

Learn more about bipolar disorder from these online sources:

American Psychological Association (APA)
Mayo Clinic
National Institute of Mental Health

What can you do if you believe you or someone you know has bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose and may require continual treatment. If you think that you may have bipolar disorder consultation with a behavioral health professional is essential. Use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:

American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a valuable resource for those living with bipolar disorder and their loved ones.

Emergency situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.