All people have ups and downs in their mood. Sometimes these ups or downs are severe and sustained, causing a range of associated behaviour changes. These moods are different from your normal baseline and the change is noted by those around you.
With bipolar mood disorder, medication called ‘mood stabilizers’, are always necessary. The aim of this medication is to stabilize your moods so that you do not have swings that are too high or too low. In addition to medication, it is vital that you re-establish good sleeping and eating patterns, limit substance use, reduce stress, learn relaxation techniques and identify your own triggers.