Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Most Typical Symptom of Bipolar Disorder

Cycles of elevated (manic) and depressed mood.

  • Elevated mood
    • High energy
    • Reduced need for sleep
    • Loss of touch with reality
  • Depressed mood
    • Low energy
    • Low motivation
    • Loss of interest in daily activities

Behavioural symptoms during depressive period

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling irritable
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest
  • Guilt
  • Worthlessness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Planning or attempting suicide

Behavioural symptoms during manic period

  • Feeling very happy
  • Feeling full of energy
  • Feeling self important
  • Impulsiveness
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Feeling aggressive

Symptoms of bipolar disorder in teens

  • Not very straightforward
  • Maybe present along with ADHD, anxiety and substance abuse
  • Triggered by traumatic episodes like death, divorce
  • Also triggered by changes during puberty
  • Adolescents with bipolar are at a high risk of suicide

Bipolar disorder and substance abuse

  • People suffering from bipolar disorder often abuse alcohol/drugs
  • Substance abuse makes diagnosis of bipolar disorder difficult
  • Medicines for bipolar are less effective with substance abuse