Bipolar disorder causes extreme ups and downs in a person’s mood and energy. People have low-energy moods of depression and high-energy moods called mania (also called manic moods).
Just about everyone goes through ups and downs in their moods. Most of the time, mood changes do not mean a person has bipolar disorder.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Mania
-Showing intense happiness or silliness for a long time
-Having a very short temper or seeming extremely irritable
-Talking very fast or having racing thoughts
-Having an inflated sense of ability, knowledge, and power
-Doing reckless things that show poor judgment
Common Signs & Symptoms of Depression
-Feeling very sad or hopeless
-Feeling lonely or isolating themselves from others
-Eating too much or too little
-Having little energy and no interest in usual activities
-Sleeping too much
Teens and young adults with bipolar disorder symptoms may think and talk about self-harm or suicide. If someone you know is expressing these thoughts, seek help immediately.
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