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Signs And Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder


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If you believe that you or a loved one may suffer from bipolar disorder depression then it is important that you can recognize and understand the signs and symptoms of bipolar mood disorder.

Emotions have their ups and downs, as anyone who's watched a movie or gone to a sporting event knows. For a person with bipolar mood disorder, these highs and lows become extreme and hinder daily activities, and can even be dangerous, due to risky behavior, or feelings of depression. More commonly, bipolar disrupts a person's professional or social life; some they feel great, filled with creativity and endless energy.

The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder can be unpredictable and confusing to the person who has it, and the people who have to deal with them. This medical condition is chronic, meaning it never goes away - it's like diabetes. Never feel embarrassed if you are affected with this type of disorder. Learning all about it and learning how to cope with bipolar disorder is essential to living a productive and happy life.

Bipolar disorder affects the ability of a person to feel various moods in a normal range. Manic depression is another term for bipolar disorder. Bipolar is used to describe two extremes or poles. People affected by this serious medical condition have mood alterations ranging from an extremely low (depression) to an extremely high (mania).

A handy way to visualize this is with a globe. The globe is divided into the North and South Pole. The mania would be the North Pole and the depression would be the South Pole. If a person experiences the symptoms of either pole for a definite duration of time, then he or she is experiencing an episode. These mixed episodes must be thoroughly discussed with a health care provider.

There are four kinds of mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder according to APA (American Psychiatric Association).

  1. Depression. Sometimes, a person can feel extremely sad for a prolong period of time. It is very impossible for him or her to eat or leave his or her bed. The things which he or she enjoys to do seem very difficult.
  2. Mania. This is the other pole of a bipolar disorder. It may begin with a high or good feeling. But after sometimes a person can feel very angry and irritable. Doing risky things is not impossible.
  3. Hypomania. Compared to mania, this type of episode is only mild. A person might feel very good thinking that more things are getting done. But after a while, his or her mood changes to a full-blown depression or mania.
  4. Mixed mood or mixed episode. The feelings of depression and mania can affect a person many times during the day.
These mixed episodes can put a person at risk for suicide. Experiencing mania or depression for more than four mixed episodes within a year is known as rapid-cycling. There are different signs and symptoms for both poles of a bipolar disorder.

The mania symptoms include increased levels of energy, reduce needs for sleep, easily distracted, mind jumps, racing thoughts, more talkative, more confident, focus on doing things but accomplishes only little, and more risky even if it means things are going to be bad.

The depression symptoms include feeling blue or sad, feeling down, losing interest in previously enjoyed activities, feeling guilty, feeling hopeless, feeling worthless, sleep too much or too little, changes in appetite or weight, feeling tired, feeling too little energy, feeling restless, concentration problems, decision-making problems, and thoughts of suicide or death.

Mood swings are triggered by outside stimuli. Emotions and events that happened in a life of a person can be the triggering factors. Sad, unpleasant, or happy events can make a person experiences either depressive or manic episodes. Triggers or stressors include irregular schedule of sleep, misuse of drugs or alcohol, stopping medication, starting medications for depression or other herbal products, and having problems related to thyroid and other health condition.

Different people will experience different triggers. Some people also consider seasonal changes, illness, holidays, work problems, or problems with friends and families disagreements to be triggers. Keeping a mood chart to record varying emotions can determine mood swing patterns. This can be a tough task but provides many treatment possibilities.

There are lots of treatments for bipolar disorder available. It is important to talk to a healthcare provider to create a plan that will work best in stabilizing mood swings. If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of these signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder then you need to start learning more about bipolar disorder now.

Rick Seager was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago but he was determined not to let it take control of his life. So he fought back and has gone on to become the bestselling author of the ebook “Bipolar Disorder Uncovered " Check out his website now for more info =>


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