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10 Signs You May Be Suffering From Bipolar Disorder

10 Signs You May Be Suffering From Bipolar Disorder

Is it just mood swings or a clinical condition that's affecting multiple areas of your life? Bipolar disorder categorizes extremes and often comes with multiple symptoms.

An interview did not go as planned and you're bummed out, or you're feeling extremely low after a particularly hurtful argument with someone you love. But life goes on and you find a way to move past the pain and find the motivation to change things. However, for someone suffering from Bipolar disorder, life is different.

A person suffering from the manic-depressive illness will find the drive to start a new project or tackle a bad habit but the motivation is short-lived. They would experience a period of extreme elation where they feel like nothing can go wrong, but things eventually do. This state of mind may quickly be taken over by a particularly dark depressive phase of extreme sadness that overpowers everything else they have going. And more often than not, their mood oscillates between the two states of mind, affecting other areas of their life.

A person suffering from Bipolar disorder has no control over these extreme mood swings, according to Psychology Today. The emotions are heightened to a level where they have no control over how they act or feel.

Here are signs that your emotions are giving away the possibility of having this disorder.

 

1. You experience depressive episodes

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It's difficult to diagnose depressive episodes as you feel a range of emotions like sadness, low self-esteem and loneliness, and often a drop in energy levels. People experiencing this episode find it easier to give up on their tasks, no longer finding the motivation or joy in activities they once liked. While symptoms of the depressive episodes are similar to that of depression, they're often accompanied by other symptoms of bipolar disorder which can help differentiate between the two.

 

2. You experience manic episodes

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The symptoms of manic episodes include extreme happiness and a heightened energy level that can be accompanied by a sense of overconfidence. You start to experience a spike in energy levels, which isn't necessarily a good sign as having high energy levels can sometimes trigger risky behavior. At the same time, it can also be accompanied by extreme anger and irritability. The heightened energy can also result in getting inadequate sleep and rest.

 

3. You find it difficult to manage work

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Your energy levels are constantly changing, where having low energy levels while working can negatively impact the way you function and deliver results. The spike in energy helps you start a task with extreme enthusiasm but the moment you hit a low point, you're unable to find the motivation to follow through with it. Your performance would take a plunge and even you wouldn't be able to pinpoint the reason for it. Bipolar disorder can affect your productivity and relationships, where some days the symptoms will often override your control. 

 

4. You're almost always irritable

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People suffering from Bipolar disorder experience and known to show symptoms of stress and anxiety as well. There are days where you may feel extremely irritable, where even the smallest of things can leave you in a state of extreme rage. It not only disrupts other areas of your life but can also affect the lives of those close to you. However, even though you may be aware of how damaging this behavior is, you have absolutely no control over it.

 

5. Completing simple tasks become difficult

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Your fluctuations in mood can push you to start ambitious tasks when you're energy levels are extremely high, however, when depressive symptoms kick in, you completely tend to abandon the project altogether. When you're irritable or experience mood swings you find it difficult to complete tasks but when faced with Bipolar disorder these feelings are heightened and can more often than not, result in you leaving your projects unfinished.

 

6. Rapid speech

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There are people who talk fast and enjoy conversing in general but people who speak rapidly without cause or objective could be facing symptoms of the disorder. The heightened energy leaves the mind racing and you may find it unable to keep up with your own thoughts, resulting in a rapid speech that may only make sense to the speaker. This is normally observed when you experience manic episodes, where you're easily excitable and have high energy levels.

 

7. You're unable to focus on the task at hand

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When you're going through the manic phase, your mind rapidly rushes through several topics or situations at once, not focusing on one more than a second. You find yourself unable to control your thought process and more often than not, tend to lose focus. This is why people who have Bipolar Disorder can wait to pin down their creative ideas, however, that almost always changes when their mood changes and their energy level drops.

 

8. You indulge in substance abuse

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According to statistics, 50 percent of the people who experience Bipolar Disorder have dealt with substance abuse such as drugs and alcohol, or even smoking. The extreme mood swings and the feelings of extreme depression and euphoria may be hard to deal handle, and this is when those suffering from Bipolar disorder turn to substance abuse. You depend on drugs or alcohol to suppress the extent of your emotions. When you're in a manic phase you may drink to slow down your emotions but when it's a depressive phase you drink hoping to kick your mood back up.

 

9. You show erratic behavior

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Since Bipolar constitutes of extreme behavior, and will often fluctuate between two extremes, it can leave you feeling erratic, with a disrupted state of mind. During your manic phase, you experience a fluctuation in mood swings which normally don't add up with your normal activities. You show erratic behavior that may include impulsiveness. You tend to put yourself in extreme situations, often showing an overconfidence in the ability to deal with it.

 

10. Getting adequate sleep becomes hard

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Manic episodes easily trigger your energy levels making it difficult for you to get proper sleep due to a number of thoughts that race through your mind. The heightened energy can cause sleeplessness whereas depressive episodes may be responsible for oversleeping due to a complete lack of motivation.

If you identify with many of these symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor and get professional help.

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.