Bipolar symptoms

Recognizing bipolar symptoms

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It is estimated bipolar disorder affects as much as five million Americans.

This translates to one in every forty five adults. The disorder is prevalent in women and men, it occurs across all ethnic groups and cultures.

Everybody's symptoms are not the same; there is not a blood test that can confirm the disorder. Scientists think that the chemical imbalances within the brain might cause the disorder to occur.

Diagnoses of bipolar are not easy, even for the professionals. Often bipolar is not consistent amongst patients because several people feel depression more regularly and only experience a little mania, whereas there are others who might predominantly experience mania symptoms.

Hyperactivity which may lead to rapid talking and restlessness.

  • Feelings of extreme highs
  • Extreme irritability
  • Belief in unrealistic powers
  • Lack of or poor judgment
  • An Increase in sexual urges
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Behavior which is aggressive
  • In denial
  • Easily distracted

The bipolar symptoms in the depressive phase might include:

  • Irritability
  • guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • fatigue
  • Guilt
  • Sleep problems
  • Appetite problems
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Concentration problems
  • Irritability
  • sadness
  • Chronic pain without a known cause

There are a number of types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I. This involves having at least one manic episode or high, which lasts longer for more than one week. It is possible to have only manic episodes, but most people also have times of depression.

Bipolar II. This is when someone has more than one occurrence of severe depression, but has just mild manic episodes this is called hypomania.

Rapid cycling. This occurs when someone has had over four mood swings occur over a twelve month period.

Cyclothymia. Mood swings are longer but they are not as bad.

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