How to know if you're bipolar

Bipolar sufferers commonly behave irrationally and exhibit extreme mood swings from highs to lows and back again. These episodes can last for minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months so they hamper the sufferer’s ability to live a normal life, ruin working life and destroy relationships. Diagnosing this disease is difficult but if you are wondering if you’re suffering from it, there are 7 signs to look out for.

Bipolar mania

Bipolar sufferers exhibit the following 7 signs. When they’re happy they are overly so. This “high” stretches for a long period of time. The second sign is agitation. Sufferers feel jumpy and twitchy for extended periods. Talking really fast is the third sign. The words come out so quickly that others often don’t understand what’s being said as the sufferer races to get the words out of their head. Restlessness or impulsivity are the fourth signs of bipolar. Sufferers also have impaired judgment, which is the fifth sign. This leads to the sixth sign, the sufferers unrealistic over-confidence in their abilities and powers. The seventh and final sign is that sufferers engage in risky behaviour like impulsive sexual acts, gambling with savings or going on massive spending sprees.

Bipolar depression

There are a further 7 signs for Bipolar Depression. The first is a feeling of sadness or hopelessness for extended periods of time. The second is a withdrawal from family and friends coupled with a loss of love for the activities that were once enjoyed. A major loss or increase in appetite is the third sign. This normally leads to the fourth sign, fatigue or lack of energy. Slow speech is the fifth sign of Bipolar depression. Decision making and memory issues show up in the sixth sign, and the final sign of Bipolar depression is thoughts of suicide and a preoccupation with death.

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