What Are the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?
The manic phase of bipolar disorder may include the depression side at the same time, highly dangerous, seek medical attention if this is the case. However, it can also be a rapid cycling phase which means you can go from hypomania to depression to mania to depression again in short periods of time. This will require medical assistance immediately.
The depression side of bipolar without rapid cycling is the same as other peoples depression.
The Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder – Mania
- feeling overly happy, elated or overjoyed for no particular reason, but you may believe there is a reason
- talking very quickly and incessantly, and if not talking, you may be making other sounds
- feeling full of energy, so much energy you don’t need sleep, or you think you do not need sleep as there is so much to do and the days are not long enough
- feeling self-important and that you are obviously right on all aspects of things because you have ideas falling from your mind
- feeling full of great new ideas which feel innovative and you feel you could solve everything, even though they may not make sense to others this is because they are not as inspired as you
- having important plans which are so important, they outweigh other peoples plans
- being easily distracted and not being able to stick to one task and flitting between things as new ideas emerge
- being easily irritated or agitated, especially when people appear to interfere in your plans and you may feel as though they are distracting you from your grand schemes
- being delusional, having hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking, such as believing something to be true when there is no way it could be
- not feeling like sleeping as there is no time because so much needs to be done and your mind is so active sleep is a waste of time, even though sleep is required.
- not eating either through forgetfulness as you are so busy or because you are not hungry
- doing things that often have disastrous consequences – such as spending large sums of money on expensive and sometimes unaffordable items, having sex with strangers, taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol and taking risks you would normally shy away from, such as driving fast
- making decisions that are impulsive and not listening to others if they have a different view, getting annoyed and irritated with those people
The Symptoms for Hypomania
As above but to a lesser degree and slightly more controlled but not by much, it is a fine balance and must be dealt with even though you feel great, as it can easily tip into full mania.