According to Bipolar UK, 1.3 million people have the condition. Classified as a mental health condition, recent research suggests that as many as five percent of the population are on the “bipolar spectrum”.
Symptoms of bipolar are wide ranging, as they depend on the type of mood an individual is experiencing. For example, episodes of depression can cause the following:
- Feeling sad, hopeless or irritable most of the time
- Lacking energy
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
- Feelings of guilt and despair
- Feeling pessimistic about everything
Whereas, episodes of mania can make individuals feel the complete opposite, feeling very happy, energetic and ambitious. Although some individuals may enjoy these phases, afterwards they quickly become fatigued and may not eat or sleep properly.
In addition, the condition can be triggered by a range of experiences such as childbirth, menopause or emotional stresses to do with an individual’s finances, work and personal life.