How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder is a severely misunderstood mental affliction and many may be suffering from it without our realising it. Bipolar disorder can also be described as manic depression and is a long-term mental disorder that causes people to travel between different moods and energy levels quite faster than your average person.
These mood swings, for lack of a better word, tend to shift from feelings of extreme happiness and elation to severe depression. These can be explained as manic episodes.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder you should look out for:
As explained above, Bipolar disorder is primarily marked by mood swings from mania to depression. The following symptoms may be a sign of Bipolar disorder:
- Having lots of energy
- Increase in reckless or risky behaviour. For example frivolous spending or taking on dangerous activities without concern for your safety and health
- Difficulty sleeping
- Rapid speech
People who are stuck in a manic state isn’t necessarily aware of their unusual behaviour. They may not realise that they are acting inappropriately which drives home the importance of those closest to people with Bipolar tendencies keep an eye on these situations.
Hypomania is a less severe manic episode however if the signs of hypomania isn’t addressed, if can progress into a more severe form of Bipolar disorder.
How to pick up when a depressive episode is coming or already occurring. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- A feeling of sadness and general negativity
- Trouble sleeping
- A lack of energy
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- No enjoyment in daily activities
If it possible to pick this up in young children or teenagers? It’s quite possible as you can pick up signs at a very early stage in a child’s life. Toddlers, for example, prone to severe temper tantrums, can later on suffer from mood swings. It’s easier to pick up the signs in teenagers however. Some common signs of bipolar disorder in teenagers is an increase in risky behaviour such as:
- Reckless drug or alcohol abuse
- Increased risky sexual activity
- Development of a macabre fascination with death or suicide
The most important thing to know here is not to try to wave these episodes off as yet another temper tantrum or mood swings. If someone is suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms, especially someone close to you, it’s best to seek advice from a professional who specialises in mental disorders. Rather get help as soon as possible than leave it to take a turn for the worse.