7 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Emotional highs and lows are a normal part of life. Getting excited when things go well, or becoming discouraged when things go awry, is nothing to be alarmed about. For those suffering with bipolar disorder, however, emotional highs and lows become much more extreme—and often occur randomly. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health concern.
There is not a specific medical test to diagnose bipolar disorder.
Medical and mental health professionals diagnose bipolar disorder based on reviewing symptoms and family history. While it is not a guarantee, there is strong evidence that genetics play a role—people with a first-degree relative with the condition are more likely to suffer themselves.
Bipolar disorder is a form of depression, as such many of the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder are similar. Mental health professionals look for manic episodes in addition to the depression symptoms as a key to identifying bipolar disorder.
How often do you sense these manic symptoms in your life, on a scale from ‘never’ to ‘often’?
- At times I’m much more talkative or speak faster than at other times.
- At times I become much more active or do many more things than usual.
- At times I feel as though my mind is racing.
- At times I’ve felt both high (elated) and low (depressed) at the same time.
- At times, for no apparent reason, I become irritable, angry or hostile.
- At times I want to be around other people. At other times I just want to be left alone.
- At times I am extremely optimistic. At other times I am extremely pessimistic.
If your answers lean towards ‘often’ on two or more of these questions, take this seriously. We can help. To speak confidentially with a member of our team, call (888) 837-6577.
A combination of manic episodes with depression symptoms may be indicative of Bipolar Disorder. The manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder don’t necessarily follow a pattern. You could have a several bouts of depression before you have a manic phase.
A proper diagnosis—knowing whether you are suffering from depression or bipolar disorder is extremely important. Treatment of the two can be quite different.
But there’s good news: Whether you’re dealing with depression or bipolar disorder, you can get better and lead healthier, happier and successful lives. It is important to get proper care.
At Honey Lake Clinic, our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric specialists can guide you to an accurate diagnosis and start you on the path to health. The team at Honey Lake Clinic understands that effective treatment requires a multifaceted, faith-based approach, involving healing of your mind, body, and spirit.
We are here to offer hope and provide answers for you. We can guide you to an accurate diagnosis and start you on the path to a brighter tomorrow.