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Signs of Bipolar Disorder

By Edited Aug 22, 2016 1 1


have heard it referred to as being a manic depressive; it is where you have dramatic mood shifts that go from manic, or mania highs to being deeply depressed lows. It's hard to understanding how someone is, that has bipolar disorder. Everyone goes through emotional highs and lows, but to the bi polar person these become a lot worse. They become worse to the point where their daily activities are a mess and relationships are ruined. Although it is treatable, a lot of people don't realize this isn't normal behavior, and don't seek help like they need, so their life becomes a total chaos.

Common signs of Mania are: Feeling high, optimistic or extremely irritable, unrealistic thoughts, beliefs or powers, very little sleep but extreme energy, talking too rapidly, racing thoughts-too many ideas, highly distractible- no concentration, impaired judgment-impulsive, acts thinks without consequence –wreck less , and in server cases delusional or suicide.

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A bipolar has extreme mood shifts affecting their daily functioning, communication with others, judgment, and behavior. During moments of manic they are impulsive and may go shopping charging huge amounts of debt, or quit their job. Then when their depressed they can't find it them to get out of bed, and are hopelessly depressed over being in debt with credit card debt and loss of their job. Being bipolar often runs in families.

There are four types of episodes to be aware of: Mania, hypomania, Depression, and mixed episodes. In the manic state people usually talk a mile a minute, full of energy, euphoria, hyperactive, and think they are invincible and can do almost anything, creativity are common. But it does have a tendency to get out of control, and they become wreck less, making inappropriate decisions, blaming everyone else whom is critical of their behavior.

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gns of bipolar depression are: Sad or Hopeless feelings – loss of interest in things you used to enjoy - extremely tired or fatigued – mental/physical slowness – weight changes or appetite change – too much or too little sleep – concentration and memory problems – self-pity, shame or guilt - death or suicide thoughts .

The ups and downs of bi polar vary from person to person, including the pattern and frequency of the behaviors. Each type of the symptoms of bipolar disorder has their own symptom patterns.

· Bipolar I or manic is - Mania and depression the most severe with at least one manic or mixed episode, depression is not a requirement for diagnosis. Most episodes are between manic and depression.

· Bipolar II - Hypomania and depression, no full episodes, instead they experience hypomania or severe depression. To be diagnosed for bi polar you have to have at least one episode each of mania and depression in a lifetime. If you become manic then diagnosis is bipolar I

· Cyclothymia – Hypomania and mild depression, is the milder bipolar with regular mood swings. Must have numerous episodes for diagnosis, and are at risk for the full-blown bipolar episodes.

· Rapid Cycling – Frequent episodes of mania, hypomania, or depression, having four or more episodes of other bipolar in a year for diagnosis. Shifts in the highs to lows occur in days, hours, or occurring later, sometimes just a temporary condition.

Many things can trigger episodes of bipolar stress, lack of sleep, substance abuse, seasonal changes, medication changes, or a major life event.



May 9, 2010 8:43am
A lot of people that are BiPolar are not even aware that they have it. Great article!
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