Symptoms and Signs of Bipolar Disorder

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Symptoms and Signs of Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder suffer mood swings. Mania and depression alternate. Mood swings may be very quick.

Manic Phase: May last from days to months

Symptoms of manic phase may include:

  • Easily distracted
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor judgment
  • Temper tantrums
  • Lack of self-control (binge eating, drug use, sex with multiple partners, spending sprees)
  • Very elevated mood: Hyper active, very high self esteem

Depressive phase may involve:

  • Low mood, sadness, lack of sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Eating problems: loss of appetite and weight loss/ overeating and weight gain
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Thoughts of death and suicide
  • Loss of pleasure in social activities, those once enjoyed

Manic and depressive states may overlap.

References:

  1. Cecil Medicine, 23rd Ed.
  2. Harrison's PRINCIPLES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, 17TH Edition
  3. Ketter TA (June 2010). "Diagnostic features, prevalence, and impact of bipolar disorder". J Clin Psychiatry 71 (6): e14.doi:10.4088/JCP.8125tx11c. PMID 20573324.
  4. Frederick K Goodwin and Kay R Jamison.Manic-Depressive IllnessChapter 7, "Epidemiology". Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN 0-19-503934-3.

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