Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Did you know? United States presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Rossevelt both had bi-polar disorder

Bipolar Disorder is characterised by extreme moods that a person experiences over varying periods of time. One mood state is known as mania in which the person is extremely excited, elated and energetic and the other is known as depression in which a person experiences profound unhappiness. People can often experience variances between these two mood states.

Bi-polar progression from Manic to Depression
Adapted from: NIMH - Information about Bipolar

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  • Euphoric mood
  • Grandiose (unrealistic plans and thoughts)
  • Excessively fast or slow speech
  • Altered voice tone
  • Over activity
  • Difficulty understanding their irrational behaviour


  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Decreased memory/retention of information
  • Decreased motivation
  • Discomfort working in groups
  • Feelings of extreme guilt
  • Lack of sleep
  • Suicidal ideation
Visual Description of Mania and Depression
Adapted from: VeryWell - Biploar Disorder


The cause of Bipolar Disorder is unknown. Contributing factors may include genetics, imbalance in brain chemicals, or stress.

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