Unlike other mental conditions, the signs of bipolar disorder are often easy to identify, because they either fall into patterns or behaviors in certain situations are consistent. On the other hand, impulsive behavior can make the individual unpredictable, as it is often connected to a person’s mood. So, the people around them never really know what or when they will do something rash.
A person who has bipolar disorder experiences a shift in moods that swings from mania to depression. The mania is often accompanied by bursts of energy, while a low mood may cause the person to lack energy or motivation. Other signs of bipolar often include the inability to focus, rash decisions & impulsive behavior, inflated self-esteem, or rapid speech or thoughts.
Understanding the Signs of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar can trigger a wide range of emotions and behaviors, depending on the mental state of the individual. Treatment specialists usually break down the symptoms into three main types of episodes, including:
Manic episodes typically last seven to ten days and can trigger an elevated mood, which plays out in either mania or irritability. The most common symptoms include:
- Difficulty functioning at work or in social gatherings
- Ability to function with little sleep
- Talking fast or feeling like the ‘mind is spinning.’
- The inflated self-image that comes across as narcissistic
- Distracted by everything in the room
- Enjoys high-risk activities
Hypomanic episodes are similar to manic episodes. Yet, they have less intensity and occur for shorter periods. A hypomanic episode may last three to five days. Many of the same symptoms that are in manic episodes are also present in hypomanic episodes.
The individual may either be in a really good mood or slightly irritable. Caffeine or nicotine can cause the mood to elevate to the level of manic episodes until the chemical wears off. Although hypomanic episodes do present some challenges, the person can function in normal settings.
Once the individual comes down from the mania, they may sink into a low mood or depressive state. They may experience little pleasure in anything around them. Furthermore, they may feel a sense of isolation. Some of the symptoms of depressive episodes include:
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Severe depression or apathy
- Inability to stay focused on tasks
- Decreased appetite or sleep
- Complete lack of energy or motivation
- Increase in drug or alcohol consumption
If there is instability in a person’s environment, it can make the symptoms even worse. For instance, if an individual is going through a divorce, financial problems, or has just been fired from their job, these situations can make their bipolar episodes intensify, creating emotional problems.
Learn the Signs of Bipolar Disorder at Phoenix Rising
If you would like to learn the signs of bipolar disorder and find out more about treatment, then contact Phoenix Rising today. We offer a wide range of treatments for bipolar disorder and other conditions. Call 855.232.8211 to schedule ac consultation with a treatment specialist.