Bipolar symptoms are sometimes mixed up with other disorders. The symptoms can be similar in various conditions. We all at one time or another have ups and downs, an “off” day every once in awhile. But with bipolar disorder the person experiences the peaks and valleys more severely than just having an “off” day.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder can affect every aspect of your life, including your marriage and your work. This makes it extremely important that you get treatment as soon as possible.
Bipolar disorder usually worsens if left untreated. This is why recognizing it early and seeking a trained professional in this area is necessary.
Bipolar symptoms include serious shifts in a persons mood, their energy level, their thinking and behavior. It is also known as manic depression due to the highs a person experiences during the manic phase to completely the opposite when a person goes into a very low state of depression. These are termed “mood swings”.
While in a manic phase, a person could out of impulse quit their job, go on a spending spree, or other impulsive things that they might not normally do. Conversely during a depressive phase, this same person might find themselves too tired to get out of bed because of the hopelessness they are now feeling due to their sudden loss of employment and the huge debt they have now acquired.
Higher energy levels
Increased sex drive
Need for less sleep
Making big plans that are usually unattainable
Uncontrolled crying spells
Changes in your appetite which result in weight gains or losses
Thoughts of death or suicide
These phases can last for days, weeks or even months. This disorder and its causes are not completely understood but it has been found to run in families. With the first symptoms beginning in the teens or early adulthood. One of the things to keep in mind as you question whether or not you may be experiencing bipolar symptoms is that these phases will be more often and more severe than those days we all have once in awhile that we call our “bad” or “off” days. These are infrequent and are experienced by most every one. It is when these “off” days are more frequent and last longer that a person needs to take notice ans seek the help from a professional.
So if you are experiencing any of these bipolar symptoms, journaling them is helpful so when you get in to see a professional you have all the information they will want to have from you to begin their diagnostic assessment.