Understanding Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Mental Health

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are dramatic and unpredictable mood swings. The illness causes you to experience two different phases:  mania and depression.  Mania is the part of the illness that can cause high energy surges and racing thoughts.  Depression is the total opposite.  During depression, it’s common to have low energy and difficulty concentrating.

Below are common symptoms of mania and depression.

1) Symptoms of bipolar mania or hypo-mania

  • euphoria or irritability
  • excessive talk; racing thoughts
  • inflated self-esteem
  • unusual energy; less need for sleep
  • impulsiveness, a reckless pursuit of gratification (shopping sprees, impetuous travel, more and sometimes promiscuous sex, high-risk business investments, fast driving)

2) Symptoms of bipolar depression/major depression

  • depressed mood and low self-esteem
  • low energy levels and apathy
  • sadness, loneliness, helplessness, guilt
  • slow speech, fatigue, and poor coordination
  • insomnia or oversleeping
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • poor concentration
  • lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities

If you suspect you have bipolar disorder, please talk with your family and friends, and especially your health care provider.

One Response to “Understanding Bipolar Disorder Symptoms”

  1. admin Says:

    Hi Kev P.,

    You are very welcome! I’m glad things are slowing down for you. The first step to overcoming bipolar disorder is to recognize you have it! I hope you continue to take care of your health.

    Best,
    Doris