Bipolar Disorder and Depression

By | December 10, 2014

Bipolar illness is also known as manic-depressive illness. This is the disorder that involves incidents of serous depression and mania. Bipolar illness is characterized by sudden mood sways of a person which can abruptly shift from being highly irritable to being overly sad. The change from depression to mania and vice versa can occur in a very short period of time. The mood fluctuation in bipolar illness mainly follows a pattern for a person. Analyzing this pattern will help to foresee the next behavior of a person with bipolar illness.

There are certain signs that will help recognize mania from depression. When a person is in the state of mania, bipolar illness can be recognized through the following symptoms:

1. hyperactivity which leads to restlessness and talking rapidly

2. extremely high feelings

3. excessive irritability

4. fancy belief to unrealistic powers

5. poor judgment

6. increase of sexual urges

7. abuse of alcohol, cocaine and other drugs

8. aggressive behaviors

9. denial that something is wrong with him

However, when a person is in the state of depression, bipolar illness can be recognized through the following symptoms:

1. persistent sadness or anxious mood

2. pessimism

3. uncharacterized feelings of unworthiness and guilt

4. low sex drives

5. feeling of being exhausted even without physical activities

6. decrease in energy level even to ordinary activities

7. poor judgment

8. loss of appetite

9. chronic pains that are not due to physical illness

10. suicidal tendencies

Bipolar disorder is a serious health issue so a medical professional should be consulted too learn more about manic-depression and bipolar dissorder. For suggestions on ways to fight depression , click here for an article titled how to not be depressed.

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