Last Updated on Jun 20, 2017

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.

Comments

Podhigai_Arasan Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Do excess depression leads to bipolar disorder?

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