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What Are Signs Of Being Bipolar
A mood disorder: The person has periods of severe depression and periods of mania (extreme, abnormal energy or agitation/irritability-- for example, needing little sleep, racing thoughts, talking so fast that others can't follow). There may be only manic episodes (without depression). More info here: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/basics/definition/con-20027544. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bipolar Alert: Mood swings from high to low - less often in the middle. Racing thoughts, poor sleep or diminished sleep need, impulsiveness (spending money, sexual indiscretions, driving fast or reckless), silly/giddy/euphoria, hyperactive - unable to slow down, irritability and grandiose expectations. Feeling so good or hyperactive that others have asked, "are you on something? Can't you slow down?". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar Disorder: is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.Mania or 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 or psychosis.When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more
Mild Bipolar symptom: Bipolar is a mood disorder that involves changing moods from happy to sad or angry for no apparent reason. Severe bipolar interferes with your life. Mild bipolar may be an asset (such as being artistic) and not cause problems. If symptoms are distressing or causing problems, such as excessive spending, little sleep, or interferes with family or job, see a psychiatrist or psychologist for eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mania and depression: There are varying degrees and types of bipolar disorder, and it is best diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist. If you have days of mania, where you become irresponsible, and this cycles with severe depression, then there is a good bet that you have it... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar symptoms.: Mania or 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 or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have v mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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