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What are common symptoms of bipolar disorder?

What are common symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Which symptoms of bipolar disorder are most common?

Which symptoms of bipolar disorder are most common?

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. ...Read more

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What are some typical symptoms of bipolar disorder?

What are some typical symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Symptoms: 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. See image. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

What are the usual symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

BIPOLAR DISORDER: Manic depressive personality sometimes child is sad alternates with elation lasting for a few months.Stressful life events or other psychosocial factors may precede mood changes. ...Read more

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Help? I believe i may have bipolar disorder ii. Symptoms pls?

Help? I believe i may have bipolar disorder ii. Symptoms pls?

Possible symptoms:: Hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness or lack of joy. ...Read more

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What are some of the most recognizable symptoms of bipolar disorder?

What are some of the most recognizable symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Mania and depression: Mania usually includes decreased need for sleep, increased energy, increased self esteem and may include increased spending, impulsive behavior and irritability. Depression is characterized by low self esteem, low energy, low motivation, decreased interest in pleasurable activities and may include thoughts of worthlessness and even suicide as well as changes in appetite. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder and the symptoms? How do I know if I have it?

Bipolar: Either manic phases alternating with depressed episodes, each lasting @2 weeks, or rapid cycles where moods alternate day in & day out. ...Read more

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The symptoms of bipolar disorder are happy and sad?

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are happy and sad?

Bipolar: Symptoms are extreme variation of moods from manic/hypomanic with pressured speech/irritability/flight of ideas/lack of sleep, to depressed phase with anhedonia, sad affect, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level, and in both extremes tyhere is increase thoughts of self harm. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder in an 11 year old? Symptoms and concerns?

Seems awfully young: See a professional. While anything is possible, it seems young to be developing this disorder. If you are concerned that the person is having severe depression with episodes of mania, then seek medical help from a pediatrician or psychiatrist. This should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Do I have bipolar disorder? I looked up symptoms and they matched

Maybe, maybe not.: The best way to determine if you have bipolar or something else is to have an evaluation by a mental health provider. If you’re concerned about something, please have an evaluation with a psychiatrist or a psychologist for appropriate evaluation, where your diagnosis can be clarified and proper treatment may be implemented. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more