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Types of bipolar disorder

There are several types of bipolar disorder. Each type is identified by the cycle of mania and depression. The treatment that is best for you may differ depending on the type of bipolar disorder you have. Your doctor will examine this carefully to determine where your symptoms fit.

Comedian and polymath Stephen Fry, during research for his documentary 'The Secret Life of The Manic Depressive', found that the illness affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.

'The Secret Life of The Manic Depressive'

Exploring bipolar disorder treatment options

If your doctor determines that you have bipolar disorder, he or she will explain your treatment options and possibly prescribe medication for you to take. You may also be referred to another mental health professional, such as a psychologist, counsellor, or a bipolar disorder specialist. Together, you will work with your healthcare providers to develop a personalised treatment plan.

BPD is treatable

In the past, many mental health professionals had trouble treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), so they came to the mistaken conclusion that there was little to be done. But we now know that BPD is treatable. In fact, the long-term prognosis for BPD is better than those for depression and bipolar disorder. However, it requires a specialised approach. Bottom line: most people with BPD can and do get better — and they can do so fairly rapidly with the right treatments and support.

Healing is a matter of breaking the dysfunctional patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are causing you difficulty and distress. It’s not easy to change lifelong habits. Choosing to pause, reflect, and then act in new ways will feel unnatural and uncomfortable at first. But with time you’ll form new habits that help you maintain your emotional balance and stay in control.