Dramatic mood swings are the way that bipolar symptoms are determined. These mood swings consist of two extremes, which are known as mania and depression.
Bipolar Symptoms Of Mania
Bipolar symptoms of mania are evident through hyper behaviour. Examples include speaking very quickly, feeling extremely happy, and having a great deal of energy. This manic (mania) phase of the illness can also result in a lack of judgment and result in reckless behaviour in terms of making decisions. A person going through the mania phase will often feel over confident, but they are also likely to show signs of irritability.
Bipolar Symptoms Of Depression
The ‘low’, depression stage of the illness can include a variety of completely opposite symptoms to the manic stage. Bipolar symptoms of depression can reveal a lack of energy, being overcome by a feeling of sadness, having problems concentrating, and becoming forgetful. Just being motivated to do simple tasks may become a problem with someone suffering from depression. An overall feeling of despair, lacking in self confidence and self worth, can, in the most extreme cases, lead to thoughts of suicide.
Similar Symptoms In Both Phases
Both mania and depression in people with bipolar disorder can result in some similar behavioural aspects. Bipolar symptoms for both mood swings include sleeping problems, lack of appetite, and suffering from hallucinations. Becoming self delusional and having illogical thoughts are also bipolar symptoms affecting people with either stage of the disorder.
Variations In How Sufferers Are Affected
Though bipolar symptoms can be diagnosed by these high and low mood swings, there are great variations as to how much each individual is affected. Depression may affect one individual more than mania, while another sufferer can be much more affected by mania than depression. People with bipolar can also experience periods where they have no mood swings at all, but some sufferers will suffer rapid mood swings repeatedly. In these most extreme cases there will be no respite between each mood swing, which is known as rapid cycling.