...were so irritated that you started fights or agruments?
...felt much more self confident than usual?
...got much less sleep than usual but weren't tired?
...were more talkative or spoke faster than usual?
...had racing thoughts?
...were easily distracted?
...had more energy than usual?
...were more social and outgoing than usual?
...were much more interested in sex than usual?
...did things that were unusual for you?
...spent money that got you or your family in trouble?
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings so that at one time, a person can be overly energized or be extremely sad. It is also possible for a person to experience periods of normal moods. However, when the person is not experiencing a normal mood, he or she is either going through periods of highs, or episodes of mania, or periods of lows, or episodes of depression. A person is diagnosed with mania if he or she has three or more of the above symptoms for a week or longer. However, depression is diagnosed if five or more of the above symptoms are evident for two weeks or longer.
A mild to moderate level of mania is called hypomania. The person who experiences it may feel good and may even function better. However, hypomania can become severe and can turn into depression if left untreated. Sometimes severe symptoms can lead to psychosis, or psychotic symptoms, which include hallucinations and delusions.
Racing thoughts, talking very fast
Distractibility, inability to concentrate
Little sleep needed
Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers
Increased sexual drive, abuse of drugs or alcohol, provocative behavior
Sad, anxious, or empty mood
Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
Restlessness or irritability
Sleeping too much or not at all
Change in appetite, resulting in an unintended weight loss or gain
Chronic pain not caused by physical illness or injury
Suicidal thoughts or attempts