People with a Bipolar Disorder experience both the lows of depression and the highs of mania. Many describe their life as an emotional roller coaster, as they shift back and forth between extreme moods. The two key moods involved are mania, often characterized by intense and unrealistic feelings of excitement and euphoria, and depression, which usually involves feelings of extraordinary sadness and dejection.
People with Bipolar Disorders experience manic episodes at certain time points and depressive episodes at other time points. A person who experiences a manic episode has a markedly elevated, euphoric and expansive mood, often interrupted by occasional outbursts of intense irritability or even violence – particularly when others refuse to go along with the manic person’s scheme and wishes. Manic and depressive mood states are often conceived to be at opposite ends of a mood continuum, with normal mood in the middle. However, sometimes the person may have symptoms of mania and depression during the same time period.
Am I / my loved one suffering from Bipolar disorder?
- Have you experienced a continually abnormal, inflated, unrestrained, or irritable mood as well as continually heightened energy or activity, for most of every day, for 7 days or more?
- Do you experience a reduced need for sleep?
- Do you feel an increased desire to continue talking?
- Do you experience a rapid shift in ideas or the sense that your thoughts are moving very fast?
- Do you feel highly distracted and/or extremely restless?
- Have you engaged in risky and potentially problematic activities, like casual sexual encounters, overspending, gambling, multiple times over the past few weeks?
- Do these symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in day – to – day functioning?
If you have said yes to most of the above, we might be able to help you.
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