There are some people among us who struggle with bipolar disorder but they cannot figure it out what it is actually as they do not have any idea about this. But if you get to know about this then it will be better for you so that you start taking professional help to reduce this mental disorder .Here I am going to talk about 10 signs of bipolar disorder ,hope it will give you some ideas regarding this mental disorder.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder defined by periods of heightened emotion called mood episodes .The three types of mood episodes are manic episodes, which is less severe than manic episodes and depressive .
Bipolar one disorder is the most extreme form with some manic episodes lasting for seven days
Bipolar two disorder consists of hypomanic and depressive episodes
If you notice some certain signs then there is a chance that you have a bipolar disorder.
MOOD SWINGS -Mood swings from intense highs to extreme lows are one of the biggest signs of bipolar disorder. While you may experience both swings from hormones or other factors those with bipolar two disorder typically experience alternating periods of hypomania ,depression and regular function. It may be a sign of bipolar disorder when your mood swings are frequent and it interferes with your sleep and daily activities.
CYCLES OF DEPRESSION -Symptoms of a depressive episode may include strong feelings of guilt, worthlessness ,disinterest in previously enjoyed activities and even thoughts of suicide ,disinterest in previously enjoyed activities and even thoughts of suicide. Seeking treatment for a depressive episode may lead to a misdiagnosis for major depressive disorder instead but its likely to be bipolar disorder if symptoms of depression occur for a few weeks and alternate with symptoms of manic episodes.
RISKY BEHAVIOUR-During manic episodes people with bipolar disorder are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like risky investments in gambling and actions that endanger yourself and others such as reckless driving are some examples .
INTENSE MULTITASKING -Sometimes those people find themselves making plans to do more than they are physically able to do .They might not see how their increased multitasking and energy during a hypomanic episode differ from a normal productivity boost .
EXTREME IRRITABILITY OR AGITATION-Irritability is another symptom of bipolar disorder ,especially when it occurs along with other symptoms .Your irritability may manifest into physical actions of agitation such as pacing or hand wringing .
IRREGULAR SLEEP-When paired with other symptoms difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much may be signs of bipolar disorder. During manic episodes ,you might feel very energized after only a few hours of sleep .During a depressive episode on the other hand ,you might sleep more and still feel tired or have trouble sleeping and suffer from exhaustion .
Do you or someone you know show any of these signs ,if these signs are shown then it’s necessary to take professional help as soon as possible.
intern at YSSE