Making treatment decisions as a young adult with bipolar II disorder

Most people with bipolar II disorder (BPII) will show signs by age 25.

A diagnosis of BPII brings a number of complex decisions about treatment. These decisions need to weigh up the best available clinical evidence together with the patient’s personal preferences and goals for treatment.

For young adults, a diagnosis of BPII and decisions about treatment also come at a time when they are facing a lot of other complex decisions and changes in their life, related to work, study, relationships, family and friendships.

Young adults with BPII say that they want to be involved, informed and well supported when making these treatment decisions.

With this in mind, the following sections are designed especially for young adults for BPII. These sections give information on topics that many consider relevant to making decisions about treatment and staying well.