Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
A person with bipolar disorder will experience different
symptoms depending on whether he or she is in a manic phase or a depressed
phase. In some rare cases, manic and depressed symptoms occur simultaneously.
They can appear in quick succession in people with bipolar I disorder. This is
called a mixed episode. Symptoms associated with the different aspects of
manic phase may last from days to months and is marked by elevated mood and
poor impulse control. An individual might:
little need for sleep
and share grandiose thoughts about one’s abilities
One of the most dangerous symptoms of mania is the
practice of reckless behavior. This might include, for example:
drinking or drug use
rash decisions that put themselves or others in danger
depression phase is characterized by:
of worthlessness or hopelessness
disturbances (either oversleeping or inability to sleep)
disturbances (eating either too much or too little)
of interest or enjoyment in activities one typically enjoys
from friends and family
In bipolar disorder, suicide is a significant risk.
Suicidal thoughts and attempts are more likely to happen during the depressed
state. Other forms of self-harm such as cutting and self-mutilation also occur
with bipolar disorder.