Bipolar disorder symptoms fall into three groups: mania, depression and hypomania.
Symptoms of mania or a manic episode:
- A long period of feeling overly happy
- Extremely irritable mood, agitation, feeling jumpy or wired
- Talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
- Being easily distracted
- Increasing goal-oriented activities, such as starting new projects
- Being restless
- Sleeping little
- Having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities
- Behaving impulsively and taking part in pleasurable, high-risk behaviors, such as spending sprees, impulsive sex and risky business investments.
Symptoms of depression or a depressive episode:
- A long period of feeling worried or empty
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
- Feeling tired or slowed down
- Having problems concentrating, remembering and making decisions
- Being restless or irritable
- Chang in eating, sleeping or other habits
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or attempting suicide.
Symptoms of hypomania or hypomanic episode:
Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. People experiencing hypomania are able to carry on with their day-to-day lives and they never lose touch with reality. It often escalates to full-blown mania or is followed by a major depressive episode. Symptoms of hypomania include:
- Feeling euphoric, energetic and productive
- Seeming unusually happy to others