Symptoms of mania or a manic episode include:
Mood Changes

•    A long period of feeling “high,” or an overly happy or outgoing mood

•    Extremely irritable mood, agitation, feeling “jumpy” or “wired”

Behavioral Changes

•    Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts

•    Being easily distracted

•    Increasing goal-directed activities, such as taking on new projects

•    Being restless

•    Sleeping little

•    Having an unrealistic belief in one’s abilities

•    Behaving impulsively and taking part in a lot of pleasurable,
 high-risk behaviors, such as spending sprees, impulsive sex, and imprudent business investments

Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode include:
Mood Changes

•    A long period of feeling worried or empty

•    Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex

Behavioral Changes

•    Feeling tired or “slowed down”

•    Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions

•    Being restless or irritable

•    Changing eating, sleeping, or other habits

•    Thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide.


While someone with bipolar disorder may experience all of the above symptoms, the type of bipolar disorder that one has can be determined by the pattern and severity of these symptoms.  The onset of the disorder can be difficult to recognize, as symptoms often seem like separate problems.  Receiving a proper diagnosis is thus a critical step towards effective treatment, and ultimately, a healthy and productive life.

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