Living With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Depression Symptoms

There are two types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I requires a symptom called mania to be present; depression does not have to be present for the diagnosis to be made. Bipolar II requires a symptom named hypomania to be present.

Mania is manifested as:

  • Distractibility (poorly focused)
  • Insomnia (decreased need for sleep)
  • Grandiosity (inflated self-esteem)
  • Flight of ideas (jumping from one thought to another, racing thoughts)
  • Increased goal-directed activities
  • Pressured speech (or more talkative)
  • Risk-taking behaviors (sexual, financial)

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania and patients are usually able to maintain their jobs, as opposed to patients who are manic.

Depression is manifested as:

  • Insomnia (2-4 am awakening)
  • Decreased interest in activities
  • Guilt (feelings of worthlessness)
  • Fatigue (loss of energy)
  • Concentration (indecisiveness)
  • Weight loss (decreased appetite)
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation (restlessness or slowing down)
  • Suicidal thoughts (intent with/without a plan)

With medications called mood stabilizers (i.e., Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol, etc.) and psychotherapy widely available, patients can lead a happy and productive life in society!

If you or anyone you know is suffering from Bipolar Disorder, please seek immediate medical attention!

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