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How to know if you're bipolar? Sometimes im happy, sometimes im sad, like everyone.

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Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry
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In brief: Bipolar myth+reality

Quite a few people (or their girl or boy freinds) 'think' they have bipolar mood disorder bmd and say this 'i'm in a good mood one minute and the next bad' or mention temper flareups.
Bmd is way more than this: longer, deeper more pervasive mood shifts over weeks and months, from weeks/months of depression (see my answer for depression) and weeks of too high, manic mood, activity, "hyper" levels.

In brief: Bipolar myth+reality

Quite a few people (or their girl or boy freinds) 'think' they have bipolar mood disorder bmd and say this 'i'm in a good mood one minute and the next bad' or mention temper flareups.
Bmd is way more than this: longer, deeper more pervasive mood shifts over weeks and months, from weeks/months of depression (see my answer for depression) and weeks of too high, manic mood, activity, "hyper" levels.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: We all feel sad at

Times ; happy at others.
Having a bipolar disorder is about severity of symptoms and impairment. A psychiatric evaluation could determine if you have a mood disorder. 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 >.

In brief: We all feel sad at

Times ; happy at others.
Having a bipolar disorder is about severity of symptoms and impairment. A psychiatric evaluation could determine if you have a mood disorder. 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 >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis.
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