Someone with bipolar disorder has episodes of depression and highs (feeling ‘hyper’ or ‘wired’).
During the ‘highs’ they might feel like things are speeding up, having thousands of thoughts and ideas, and they may feel invincible or behave recklessly.
Bipolar symptoms during a manic phase may include:
- feeling incredibly ‘high’ or euphoric
- delusions of self-importance
- high levels of creativity, energy and activity
- getting much less sleep or no sleep
- poor appetite and weight loss
- racing thoughts, racing speech, talking over people
- highly irritable, impatient or aggressive
- inappropriate sexual activity or risk taking
- dressing more colourfully and being less inhibited
- impulsiveness and making poor choices in spending or business
- grand and unrealistic plans
- poor concentration, easily distracted
- delusions, hallucinations.
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.