Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes your mood to swing from one extreme to another.
Unlike other kinds of mood swings, an episode of bipolar disorder can last for days or weeks. You may experience periods of time when you feel very happy and energised (known as mania), and then feel very low (known as depression).
If you have bipolar or care for someone with this condition, you are not alone. 1 in 100 people will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder at some stage in their life, and support is available to manage the symptoms.
Many young people worry that they may have bipolar disorder because it is talked about in the media, particularly among celebrities who share their experiences. It is important to remember that mood swings and some mental health difficulties are often a normal part of adolescence and do not lead to long-term difficulties. Help is available and very effective. If you are worried you may be experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder, talk to your family doctor (GP), school nurse or another professional who can help you find the right support you need.