Bipolar disorder is also called manic depression. The illness causes people to swing between being manic and being depressed.
During the manic phase, a person may become over-excited for no obvious reason, take risks, talk randomly and be unable to sleep. During the depressive phase they may feel very low.
To find out more about bipolar disorder or get support, visit the websites below.
The Ministry has funded free access to this British Medical Journal website for people browsing the web from New Zealand.
A charitable trust supporting those affected by mental health issues with a focus on mood disorders.
- Regional support groups
- Living well with bipolar disorder
- Someone you care about has a mood disorder
Family Services Directory
A directory of community support services that can help you find support in your area.
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.
Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand
A support organisation for the family and whānau of people with a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder.