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What are the symptoms of a bipolar disorder? Are symptoms the same from person to person?
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Dr. QH TRAN
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Depression and mania
First one has to meet criteria for a major depressive episode (low mood, poor appetite, insomnia, in attention, guilts, suicidal ideation, agitation or psychomotor retardation).
Second.One has to meet criteria for a manic episode (euphoria, irritability, decreased need of sleep, impulsivity, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increased goal-directed activities, pressured speech).

In brief: Depression and mania
First one has to meet criteria for a major depressive episode (low mood, poor appetite, insomnia, in attention, guilts, suicidal ideation, agitation or psychomotor retardation).
Second.One has to meet criteria for a manic episode (euphoria, irritability, decreased need of sleep, impulsivity, racing thoughts, grandiosity, increased goal-directed activities, pressured speech).
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: 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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.

In brief: 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. Different people exhibit different symptoms, yes. No two bipolar sufferers are alike.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Bipolar
Symptoms of episodes of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic phases.
Depression includes changes in energy level, appetite, sleep, feelings of despair, and sadness. Mania is grandiosity, inflated self esteem, racing thoughts, no sleep, irritability or agitation, etc. Both can be accompanied with morbid thoughts and psychotic symptoms if severe.

In brief: Bipolar
Symptoms of episodes of depression alternating with manic or hypomanic phases.
Depression includes changes in energy level, appetite, sleep, feelings of despair, and sadness. Mania is grandiosity, inflated self esteem, racing thoughts, no sleep, irritability or agitation, etc. Both can be accompanied with morbid thoughts and psychotic symptoms if severe.
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