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What are the symtoms of bipolar disorder?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar affective di

Bipolar affective disorder (bpad) is characterized by both manic and depressive episodes.
Manic episodes typically last a few days with decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, energy, and activity. Depressive episodes are 2 weeks or more of decreased energy, motivation, and self esteem. Episodes may be separated by days, weeks, months, or even years.

In brief: Bipolar affective di

Bipolar affective disorder (bpad) is characterized by both manic and depressive episodes.
Manic episodes typically last a few days with decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, energy, and activity. Depressive episodes are 2 weeks or more of decreased energy, motivation, and self esteem. Episodes may be separated by days, weeks, months, or even years.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Stephen Perret
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Mania, Depression

Bipolar is an illness of mood swings lasting days.
One "phase" is "depression" which is usually sad mood, limited appetite, poor concentration, limited energy and sometimes suicidal thoughts. The other "phase" is "mania" which is typically days of little need for sleep, either rage or euphoria (extreme happiness), impulsivity and sometimes psychosis.

In brief: Mania, Depression

Bipolar is an illness of mood swings lasting days.
One "phase" is "depression" which is usually sad mood, limited appetite, poor concentration, limited energy and sometimes suicidal thoughts. The other "phase" is "mania" which is typically days of little need for sleep, either rage or euphoria (extreme happiness), impulsivity and sometimes psychosis.
Dr. Stephen Perret
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

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.

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bipolar DO 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 low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or >.

In brief: Bipolar DO 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 low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
helplessness, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis.
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