Symptoms

As seen on WebMD,

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In bipolar disorder, the high and low moods don’t always follow a specific pattern. Bipolar episodes can occur and last over a period of weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

Symptoms of Mania

  • Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
  • Sudden changes from being joyful to being irritable, angry, and hostile
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid speech and poor concentration
  • Increased energy and less need for sleep
  • High sex drive
  • Making grand and unrealistic plans
  • Showing poor judgment
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Becoming more impulsive

Symptoms of Depression

  • Sadness
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Not enjoying things they once liked
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Irritability
  • Needing more sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite changes that make them lose or gain weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Attempting suicide

People who live with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of having suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Signs of Possible Suicide

*Signs to watch out for*
  • Depression (changes in eating, sleeping, activities)
  • Isolating yourself
  • Talking about suicide, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • Acting recklessly
  • Taking more risks
  • Having more accidents
  • Abusing alcohol or other drugs
  • Focusing on morbid and negative themes
  • Talking about death and dying
  • Crying more, or becoming less emotionally expressive
  • Giving away possessions

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