On October 7th 2014 the UK celebrated Bipolar Awareness Day in the UK.
To coincide with this annual event, NICE issued recommendations for mental health services to provide more support to carers of people with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).
Bipolar disorder – a condition characterised by episodes of mania and depression – is a complex condition, and it can be very challenging caring for people who suffer from it.
During episodes of illness, sufferers can display unpredictable behaviour and unusual personalities, and some may even become abusive and violent.
In an update to the 2006 guideline, NICE are calling for an assessment process which will evaluate the needs, views and strengths of carers.
Based on this information, healthcare professionals will then negotiate with carers and the person with bipolar, to foster a collaborative approach that supports both parties and respects their individual...