What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar disorder often develops in a person's late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life.

(Taken from the Melbourne Bipolar Network)

 

Our Support Group

The purpose of our support group is to provide an opportunity for people living with bipolar disorder to connect with those with similar experiences. Group members gain strength and support from each other, and learn new ways of coping through sharing feelings, knowledge, information and ideas. Speakers on topics like mental health services or health and well-being are also arranged at regular intervals.

 

 

 

The South Yarra Bipolar Support Group meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

Email: admin(at)mentalhealthvic.org.au
Phone: 03 9826 1422

All meetings are held at:
Suite J, 450 Chapel Street
outh Yarra, VIC, 3141
(Enter via Wilson Street. Parking is available at Jam Factory - 500 Chapel Street)

Useful Contacts

Black Dog Institute

http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

 

BeyondBlue

1300 22 4636

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.