Bipolar Disorder

Signs of Mania

  • Excessive “high” or euphoric feelings
  • Sustained period of unusual behavior
  • Increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts, and rapid talking
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Unrealistic beliefs in ones’s abilities and powers
  • Extreme irritability and distractibility
  • Uncharacteristically poor judgment
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Abuse of drugs, especially cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping pills
  • Obnoxious, provocative or intrusive behavior
  • Denial that anything is wrong

Signs of Depression

  • Feelings of sadness or irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities including sex
  • Chronic pain or other bodily symptoms that are not caused by physical disease
  • Losing or gaining weight
  • Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much, too little or disrupted sleep)
  • Observable slowed or agitated physical and/or spoken responses
  • Lack of energy or feeling tired all the time
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Problems concentrating or making decisions
  • Suicidal thoughts