Bipolar symptoms during a depressed phase may include:
- feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities
- withdrawal from family and friends
- sleep problems (often excessive sleep)
- loss of energy, feeling exhausted
- physical slowing
- low self-esteem
- feelings of guilt
- problems concentrating
- suicidal thoughts
What is a major depressive episode?
Having a lower, depressed mood with a loss of pleasure, nearly all the time.
Other symptoms of a major depressive episode, include:
- feeling sad, empty, hopeless
- weight changes
- problems sleeping or sleeping too much
- feeling worthless or guilty
- having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- thoughts of death or suicide.
To be classified as a major depressive episode these symptoms have to be felt for more than two weeks and have an impact on how you can cope with life at home, work or school.