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Bipolar Disorder

Adult Mental Health Program | Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder also known as manic-depressive illness, is disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. Bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar depression consists of many of the following symptoms, occurring for at least 2 weeks:

  • Depressed mood most of the day; feeling sad or empty, tearful
  • Significant loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain; decrease or increase in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Agitation; or slowing down of thoughts and reduction of physical movements
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions
  • Thinking about death or suicide

Symptoms of bipolar mania include:

  • Beliefs of possessing exaggerated power, importance, knowledge, or ability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • More talkative than usual; pressure to keep talking
  • Rapidly changing, unrelated or racing thoughts
  • Easily distracted
  • Driven behavior (at work, at school, or sexually); agitation
  • Risky behavior (e.g., excessive spending, foolish business investments)