For example, some people only have a couple of bipolar episodes in their lifetime and are stable in between, while others have many episodes.
If you're feeling suicidal or having severe depressive symptoms, contact your GP, care co-ordinator or local mental health emergency services as soon as possible.
If you want to talk to someone confidentially, call the Samaritans, free of charge, on 116 123.
The following treatment options are available: It's thought using a combination of different treatment methods is the best way to control bipolar disorder.
Help and advice for people with a long-term condition or their carers is also available from charities, support groups and associations.
However, you may also experience symptoms of psychosis, where you see or hear things that aren't there or become convinced of things that aren't true.