Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that is characterised by mood changes. One of the main problems is that it may take between 5 and 10 years to detect, as it is often confused with depression. Although there is no cure, suitable treatment and follow-up enables the majority of patients to lead a normal life in the work, social and family environment.
Bipolar disorder explained in first person
Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
The main complication that a bipolar patient can have if they don’t follow the treatment is that they can have relapse that may be more intense and, thus, if the symptoms are more severe, they require hospitalisation.
For my disease the treatment is basic. I get medication and psychological treatment and it’s vital to behave and do what they tell you.