The life expectancy of people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
This episode discusses themes around the paper: 'Mortality gap for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia'.
Relationships, trust and bipolar
Claire tells her story of how a strong relationship has helped her cope with her bipolar.
Mental health statistics: bipolar
Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar is a mood disorder. Around 4 million people in the UK live with bipolar.
Victoria's story: family love
Victoria has bipolar, while her husband has depression. Their relationships with each other and their family help them through, however.
What it's like to have bipolar, by people who have bipolar30 March 2016, Chris O'Sullivan
A number of people who have or have had bipolar spoke to Chris O'Sullivan about the impact it's had on them and give advice as to the best way to manage it.
Liz's story: Living with bipolar
I didn't have any history of mental ill health until 2002, when I had depression and was prescribed Prozac. A year later, a series of events led me to become manic and psychotic: my relationship ended, I moved house, I experienced bullying at work for four years, was promoted and I needed to have my nose reconstructed following a sporting injury. I became 'hyper' but initially neither me nor my friends thought that anything was wrong as I had always been very lively and active. My boss realised that something was wrong and called my parents in order to take me to the doctors. At this time, my...
Sue's Story: Managing Bipolar Disorder
My symptoms started when I was 15 years old. During my teens and twenties, I put my feelings down to normal teenage stuff like hormones and exams. I repeatedly went to my GP but nothing was done. I also moved a few times and at one point my medical history was lost, which didn't help. I can't remember when I received my diagnosis but I was in my thirties at the time. The GP I was seeing at the time for depression (and who I still see now) referred me to a community psychiatric nurse who picked up that I was experiencing mania as well as depression. I then got referred to a psychiatrist and...
Lily's story: How a self-management course changed my life
Lily was living in a homeless hostel with no ambition or goals and she tried to take her own life.
Learn more about the different types of bipolar disorder. Find out about symptoms, causes and available support.