Mood and mental disorders are serious and should be treated accordingly. Unfortunately, people who suffer from a mental illness of any kind are often subjected to a great deal of prejudice and social stigma, as most people either do not understand the illness, or cannot cope with it. Mood disorders are very difficult to diagnose, given the fact that most people do not acknowledge the fact that they may suffer from one – however, if people have repeatedly told you that your mood escalates very quickly or that your overall state of mind changes all of a sudden, you may suffer from bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, It is of utmost importance to understand and to distinguish between tiredness or stress (two of the most common causes of moodiness) and the classic symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Before detailing these signs and symptoms, it must be said that bipolar disorder can vary greatly from one individual to another: some people may only experience a mild bipolar disorder, while others experience a rather severe form of the condition, which is accompanied either by depression or by a manic disorder. There are three different subtypes of the bipolar disorder: type I, which is the rarest and the most severe one (involving rapid and extreme shifts between depression and mania), the cyclothymic disorder, which is the mildest and the most common form, and type II which is somewhere in-between the other two. Having said that, here are some of the signs you should look for, if you suspect you may be suffering from one of the three types of bipolar disorder:
1. Pay Attention To The Basic Signs
First and foremost, it is important to recognize the basic signs of bipolar disorder: when taken out of the context, these signs are very common and many people experience them at times, but if you experience two or more of them on a regular basis, that should trigger an alarm. Extreme restlessness, impaired judgement, unrealistic over-confidence/narcissism, long-term depression, isolation from friends and family and severe fatigue are some of the basic signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.
2. Look For The Classic Signs Of Hypomania
Another very important thing to look for if you suspect you may be bipolar is hypomania, which is an intense and sudden feeling of happiness that is often followed by a deep feeling of sadness. The up-and-down episodes of hypomania, depression and mania are the typical signs of bipolar disorder, and while most people tend to be overly social when experiencing hypomania, they often tend to completely isolate themselves when depression kicks in.
Hypomania is accompanied by an energy boost that makes you feel exuberant, for no apparent reason. Although this state is very enjoyable and those who suffer from bipolar disorder often have no clue that the underlying cause of their great mood may be a lot more serious, hypomania should not be neglected. Artists who suffer from bipolar disorder, for instance, tend to be extremely creative all of a sudden, while those who have experienced severe fatigue over an extended period of time get an unexpected energy boost – one that is short lived, unfortunately, as hypomania is only temporary.