Mental health statistics for UK in 2016 in terms of search results reveals that anxiety and depression are still the leading mental health conditions people search for. Other mental health topics that dominate are stress, bipolar, bereavement, panic attacks, trauma, burnout, suicide, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Anxiety and depression are often considered hand in hand. When we talk about one, we often pin the other to it. When dealing with these two mental health manifestations within NHS, it is not a rare occasion that they will also be diagnosed together by GPs. And even though it might seem that sometimes depression will be accompanied by anxiety, the problem is much more complex than meets the eye.
Bipolar disorder and bipolar personality structure, also known as manic depression and manic-depressive structure, are something we are more likely to encounter in therapy than appears to be the case at first glance. Bipolar is predominantly characterised by swings in mood—from manic to depressive. However, contrary to common belief, neither the intensity of swings nor their frequency are deterministic of bipolar.
Bipolar and depression can often be mistaken for one another because of similarities in their presentation. Clients might come in for therapy claiming they are depressed, which they can in fact be, but that can easily be a symptom of bipolar personality structure or bipolar disorder whereby depression is only one of its manifestations.