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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Not all,

But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation.
So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable.

In brief: Not all,

But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation.
So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: MDQ test quantifies

Irritability, racing thoughts, insomnia, mood extremes, hyperactivity, euphoria, grandiose expectations, interrupting, being very talkative, impulsivity, and going from project to project without completing them are some of the symptoms of the hypomanic and/or mixed phase.
Depressed phase: low energy, no pleasure, undue guilt, withdrawal from others , no interest, hopelessness/suicide ideation.

In brief: MDQ test quantifies

Irritability, racing thoughts, insomnia, mood extremes, hyperactivity, euphoria, grandiose expectations, interrupting, being very talkative, impulsivity, and going from project to project without completing them are some of the symptoms of the hypomanic and/or mixed phase.
Depressed phase: low energy, no pleasure, undue guilt, withdrawal from others , no interest, hopelessness/suicide ideation.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bipolar

Also depends on type of bipolar, whether manic, depressed or mixed type.

In brief: Bipolar

Also depends on type of bipolar, whether manic, depressed or mixed type.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Bipolar

Also, symptoms were severe enough to interfere with personal (self care), social & daily overall functioning, and not caused by organic factors such as thyroid disease or medications.

In brief: Bipolar

Also, symptoms were severe enough to interfere with personal (self care), social & daily overall functioning, and not caused by organic factors such as thyroid disease or medications.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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