Symptoms and Diagnosis

Bipolar disorder varies in different range in different people and the concerned symptoms are also varying widely in their pattern, severity and frequency. While some individual experience to mania or depression while others experience between the two types of episodes. Some of them have frequent mood disruptions while others experience over a lifetime. There are 4 different types of mood episodes: mania, hypomania, depression and mixed episodes. Each type of bipolar disorder mood episodes has a unique set of symptoms.

Common signs and symptoms if mania include

  • Feeling unusually high, optimistic or extremely irritable
  • Unrealistic beliefs about one’s abilities or powers
  • Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic
  • Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up
  • Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
  • Highly distractible, unable to concentrate
  • Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
  • Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
  • Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

To determine and diagnosis about the types of bipolar disorder, the evaluation may include: physical exam though laboratory tests, psychiatric assessment to talk about your thoughts, believes, feelings and behavioural pattern, mood charting through keeping a daily record of your moods, sleep patterns or other factors which can help in the diagnosis


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