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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? do i need to have all of them to really have it?

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
MDQ test quantifies: Irritability, racing thoughts, insomnia, mood extremes, hyperactivity, euphoria, grandiose expectations, interrupting, being very talkative, impulsivity, and going from project to project without completing them are some of the symptoms of the hypomanic and/or mixed phase. Depressed phase: low energy, no pleasure, undue guilt, withdrawal from others , no interest, hopelessness/suicide ideation.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Also depends on type of bipolar, whether manic, depressed or mixed type.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Also, symptoms were severe enough to interfere with personal (self care), social & daily overall functioning, and not caused by organic factors such as thyroid disease or medications.

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Which symptoms of bipolar disorder are most common?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
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Signs: In bipolar i there has to have been at least one manic episode in one's life. During a manic episode one may have extreme elevated mood, irritability, decreased need for sleep, a lot of energy, impulsive/reckless behavior, hypersexuality and rapid speech. In severe episodes they may have psychosis. The person can then cycle into periods of depression. The frequency of these cycles can vary.
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What are common symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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Sleeplessness racing: The presence of a "manic" episode in the context of an indiviudal who has suffered major depression. Bipolar may be being overdiagnosed at present - context of sleeplessess, racing thoughts, shopping sprees, taking on multiple projects, impulsivenes, feeligns of invincability etc are important. Bipolar ii is even looser, as the duration fo symptoms required is shorter. Get good psych evaluation.
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How common is overdiagnose of bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Uncommon: The reality is that the opposite is the. Problem. More people are misdiagnosed with major depression for up to ten years or more before they are correctly diagnosed as having bipolar disorder.

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