Its most obvious symptom is very severe mood swings; it is a condition of extreme emotional states.
The highs and lows are much greater than most people will experience in their lives.
During the ‘manic’ phase people experiencing bipolar may have one or more of these 15 feelings and behaviours:
- feeling euphoric: very exhilarated or elated,
- feeling restless,
- aggressive behaviour,
- becoming extremely irritable,
- talking very quickly,
- engaging in risky activities,
- sexual drive elevated,
- thoughts racing quickly through your head,
- poor concentration,
- loads of energy,
- spending too much money on the wrong things,
- reduced need for sleep,
- feeling self-important,
- worsening judgement,
- and misusing drugs or alcohol.
Depressive phases may include one or more of the following 12 thoughts and behaviours.
- daily life no longer of interest,
- feeling hopeless,
- appetite changes,
- empty emotional state,
- excessive guilt,
- suicidal feelings,
- considering oneself worthlessness,
- chronic tiredness,
- problems sleeping or sleeping too much,
- weight gain or loss,
- and concentration problems.