Health Tip: Symptoms That May Indicate Bipolar Disorder

By on January 27, 2011

Bipolar disorder causes major mood swings, ranging from depression to manic (elevated) mood.

The Journal of the American Medical Association says the following symptoms may indicate bipolar disorder:

Manic phase:

  • Unusually elevated mood.
  • Anger or irritability.
  • Speaking and thinking quickly.
  • Rapidly jumping from topic to topic.
  • Engaging in high-risk behaviors and making poor choices.
  • Not feeling the need to sleep much.

Depressive phase:

  • Feeling very sad and down, without interest in things you once enjoyed.
  • Feeling anxious, guilty, hopeless or crying.
  • Abrupt changes in your weight.
  • Abusing drugs.
  • Having thoughts about suicide.

Source: HealthDay

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