Symptoms And Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder, formally known as ‘manic depression’, is known for its extreme mood swings; these can last anything from weeks to months and are far more extreme than moods most people would experience. Mood swings include episodes of highs and lows; these are known as mania and depressive episodes. Bipolar is a disorder that affects men and woman equally and affects around 1 in 100 adults. Symptoms usually start during or after adolescents and rarely start after the age of 40 (Royal College of Psychiatrists n.d.). Symptoms during a depressive episode may include: feeling of guilt, feeling emotionally empty, feeling hopeless and worthless, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, loss of interest in everyday activities, being delusional or illogical thinking, little or no appetite and suicidal thoughts (Mind n.d.). Symptoms of a manic episode may include: feeling excessively ‘high’, extreme irritability, fast talking, lack of concentration, feeling energetic, racing thoughts, increased sexual drive, aggressive behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse, inappropriate and excessive spending (Mind n.d.). Episodes of depression or mania can vary; a person may experience episodes of mania more regularly than depression, or vice versa. Periods of ‘normal’ mood is often seen between episodes. The pattern is not always the same between mania and depression. Some people may experience a rapid cycle; a person suffering from bipolar does not experience ‘normal’ moods and
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