Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder:People with bipolar disorder suffer from extreme moods which make it difficult to function normally. Different moods alternate, often with between normal periods.
Manic Episodes (Manic Symptoms)
Mania is a serious mood disorder that manifests itself in excessive joy, excitement, hyperactivity, anger, euphoria and impulsive. There is a strong inhibition and increased self-esteem.
Symptoms of a manic episode are:
- Great loquacity
- quick distraction
- thoughts racing through the head
- Heel jump on the branch
- little sleep needed
- taking more risks
- high libido
- aggression and tantrums
- anxiety attacks
- ill-considered purchases
- great ideas
- the feeling of being chosen for great things
Some seek refuge in alcohol or drugs.
In extreme cases, can cause a psychosis avoiding delusions and hallucinations, and the contact is actually lost.
Hypomanic Episodes ( Hypomania Symptoms)
Hypomania is a mild form of mania. There is hyperactivity, euphoria, impulsivity, and / or irritability, but no psychotic symptoms or feelings act of greatness and the episode impedes the normal use and daily life is not. Some have a surge of creativity or productivity during a hypomanic period. Often there is an increased libido.
A hypomanic episode may last weeks to months
Not all people with bipolar disorder have depressive periods.
The depressive episodes of bipolar disorder is characterized by persistent feelings of depression and loss of vitality.
- embarrassment and fear of social interactions
- overall disinterest
- loss in appetite
- morbid and suicidal thoughts
Major depressive episodes can lead to psychosis with delusions and hallucinations.
These episodes can last for at least two weeks and may persist for months if left untreated.
Mixed episodes show signs of both manic and depressive episodes. Examples are crying during a manic episode or rapidly changing thoughts during a depressive episode.
Associated features of bipolar disorder
Some features are not typical for bipolar disorder but often come together in people with bipolar disorder or precede its development. Often seen changes in cognitive processes and capabilities, such as impaired attention and executive function, and memory problems.
ADHD and depression in children may be a sign of the later development of bipolar disorder.
Most people with bipolar disorder experience an episode every 1 or 2 years. This then takes about 3 to 6 months. If at least four manic, hypomanic or depressive episodes occur within a period of one year, it is called rapid cycling.There are even cases in which several episodes occurred within 24 hours.