Bipolar disorder is a manic depression in which the patient experiences changes in mood and behavior. Patients of bipolar disorder may suffer from high excitement and agitation during mania or may feel low due to depression. There can be different causes associated with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is found to be common in early adulthood or teenagers. Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder may vary and can be confusing.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which the patient feels happy and highly energetic at one time and very sad as well as depressed at another time. Bipolar disorder can cause unusual changes in behavior and energy levels. Such signs and symptoms of mood swings may last for a week or more.
Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder patients may suffer from depression, mania, hypomania, and mixed episodes of mania and depression. Such signs and symptoms lead to mood changes, which are also called mood episodes. Patients with these signs and symptoms may quit their job or find it difficult to carry out daily activities. These mood episodes may constitute depression episode, mania episode, or both. Such signs and symptoms may be related to other psychotic symptoms as well.
Signs of this disorder include those of mania and depression and may be difficult to diagnose. These signs may look similar to other problems. The patient may experience either more depression episodes than mania episodes or the patient may suffer from more mania episodes than depression episodes. Friends and relatives of the patients may not consider these episodes as serious problems.
Moreover, a doctor may misunderstand bipolar disorder merely as depression. The patient may also have other health problems that may make it difficult for the doctor to detect the disorder through any test. Compared with other health diseases that are diagnosed through tests, bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed with any particular test and can be identified only through its symptoms.
These symptoms vary from person to person. Some mania-related signs and symptoms are as follows:
• Feeling highly energetic
Trouble in falling sleeping or remaining asleep
• Feeling irritable and agitated
• Talking too fast
• Being easily distracted
• Feeling very high or overconfident
• Doing risky and unusual things
Signs and symptoms of depression include the following:
• Feeling of hopelessness
• Feeling a loss of energy
• Suicidal thoughts
• Difficulty in concentration
• Difficulty in sleeping
• Lack of appetite
• Feeling of worthlessness
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