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Bipolar Disorder: How to Tell If You Have It

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 01:11 AM

Bipolar disorder is a manic depression in which the patient experiences changes in mood and behavior. Patients of bipolar disorder may suffer from high excitement and agitation during mania or may feel low due to depression. There can be different causes associated with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is found to be common in early adulthood or teenagers. Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder may vary and can be confusing.
 
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which the patient feels happy and highly energetic at one time and very sad as well as depressed at another time. Bipolar disorder can cause unusual changes in behavior and energy levels. Such signs and symptoms of mood swings may last for a week or more.
    
Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
 
Bipolar disorder patients may suffer from depression, mania, hypomania, and mixed episodes of mania and depression. Such signs and symptoms lead to mood changes, which are also called mood episodes. Patients with these signs and symptoms may quit their job or find it difficult to carry out daily activities. These mood episodes may constitute depression episode, mania episode, or both. Such signs and symptoms may be related to other psychotic symptoms as well.
 
Signs of this disorder include those of mania and depression and may be difficult to diagnose. These signs may look similar to other problems. The patient may experience either more depression episodes than mania episodes or the patient may suffer from more mania episodes than depression episodes. Friends and relatives of the patients may not consider these episodes as serious problems.
 
Moreover, a doctor may misunderstand bipolar disorder merely as depression. The patient may also have other health problems that may make it difficult for the doctor to detect the disorder through any test. Compared with other health diseases that are diagnosed through tests, bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed with any particular test and can be identified only through its symptoms.

These symptoms vary from person to person. Some mania-related signs and symptoms are as follows:
 Feeling highly energetic
 Trouble in falling sleeping or remaining asleep
 Feeling irritable and agitated
 Talking too fast
 Being easily distracted
 Feeling very high or overconfident
 Doing risky and unusual things
 
Signs and symptoms of depression include the following:
 Feeling of hopelessness
 Feeling a loss of energy
 Suicidal thoughts
 Difficulty in concentration
 Difficulty in sleeping
 • Lack of appetite
 Feeling of worthlessness

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Bipolar disorder consists of mania and depression episodes. Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder vary from patient to patient. There is no precise test to diagnose bipolar disorder, and it can be identified only through specific signs and symptoms.
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