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Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder


Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a mood disorder. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings from very high to very low.


The cause is not clear. Your family history may have something to do with it.

Signs & Symptoms

In the high phase you may:

  • have huge amounts of energy
  • need little sleep
  • think and talk faster than usual
  • find your thoughts jump rapidly from one subject to another
  • have delusions about your abilities and powers
  • lose good judgement.

People in the high phase can get themselves into trouble by leaving their jobs, spending money they do not have, giving away their possessions or other impulsive deeds.

In a low phase you:

  • feel hopeless, despairing and lethargic
  • become full of self-blame and self-doubt
  • have difficulty concentrating
  • want to withdraw from friends and social contact
  • may feel suicidal.


There is no known way to prevent bipolar disorder.


Bipolar disorder is treated with a combination of medicine and cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling.

MomConnect and NurseConnect Statistics

MomConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Cumulative total of public subscriptions using the code: *134*550# 364 860
2 Cumulative total of CHW identified subscriptions using the code *134*550*3# 36 121
3 Cumulative total of clinic registrations using the code: *134*550*2# 1 530 990
4 Cumulative total of facilities with at least one registration 4 648
5 Total number of unique cellphone numbers 1 770 988
6 Total number of opt outs received 144 660

NurseConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Total Registrations 19 254
1.1 National 9
1.2 Province 1,090
1.3 Facility 18 155
2 Facilities with at least one registration 2 935
3 Total Number of Opt-outs 411