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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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heatherann0221

Asked by heatherann0221 at 4:28 PM on Dec. 11, 2008 in Health

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  • one is they will be fine one min they like pissed the next
    butterscotch297

    Answer by butterscotch297 at 4:31 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • The manic phase may last from days to months and include the following symptoms:

    Elevated mood
    Racing thoughts
    Hyperactivity
    Increased energy
    Lack of self-control
    Inflated self-esteem (delusions of grandeur, false beliefs in special abilities)
    Over-involvement in activities
    Reckless behavior
    Spending sprees
    Binge eating , drinking, and/or drug use
    Sexual promiscuity
    Impaired judgment
    Tendency to be easily distracted
    Little need for sleep
    Easily agitated or irritated
    Poor temper control
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 4:38 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • The depressed stage (these and the above are from dogpile.com, by the way)
    Persistent sadness
    Fatigue or listlessness
    Sleep disturbances
    Excessive sleepiness
    Inability to sleep
    Eating disturbances
    Loss of appetite and weight loss
    Overeating and weight gain
    Loss of self-esteem
    Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and/or guilt
    Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
    Withdrawal from friends
    Withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyed
    Persistent thoughts of death
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 4:40 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • bipolar is very widely and misdiagnosed, the usual "outbreaks" for females happen between 19 and 25
    rozepyle

    Answer by rozepyle at 4:41 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • 1) bipolar mania or hypo-mania
    euphoria or irritability
    excessive talk; racing thoughts
    inflated self-esteem
    unusual energy; less need for sleep
    impulsiveness, a reckless pursuit of gratification (shopping sprees, impetuous travel, more and sometimes promiscuous sex, high-risk business investments, fast driving)

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:11 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • 2) bipolar depression/major depression

    depressed mood and low self-esteem
    low energy levels and apathy
    sadness, loneliness, helplessness, guilt
    slow speech, fatigue, and poor coordination
    insomnia or oversleeping
    suicidal thoughts and feelings
    poor concentration
    lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:11 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • I was diagnosed at 15 after YEARS of issues. It is also common for a change to happen after childbirth that can either trigger BiPolar Disorder in women or trigger Phycotic episodes in women already affected with BPD.

    See http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-symptoms-types
    I think there is even a questionaire to talk to your doctor about there...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:13 PM on Dec. 11, 2008

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