What is Bi-Polar Disorder

Bi-polar mood disorder has highs, called mania, and lows, called depression. Sufferers usually change regularly between highs and lows but they can stay with one mood for weeks or even years.

Then suddenly, without warning, the mood can change. This can be in response to something happening in their life or for reasons unknown.

If you think you are suffering from any of these symptoms, or know a young person who is – seek professional advice early for the best chance of optimising health.

Signs and Symptoms

Bi-polar Disorder is a mixture of high and low moods – each have their own symptoms.

Highs

  • High self-esteem
  • Increased energy
  • Aggressive, grumpy, hostile
  • High interest in sex
  • Talking faster than normal
  • Not sleeping
  • Hallucinations or delusions – hearing or thinking things that aren’t happening

Lows

  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-neglect
  • Guilt over things that aren’t their fault
  • Insomnia. Change in sleeping habits, sleeps more
  • Change in appetite or weight. Refusal to eat, losing a lot of weight
  • Lack of control over emotions
  • Lost interest activities that use to bring happiness
  • Lowered pain tolerance
  • Lowered concentration and memory
  • Lowered energy
  • Increased drug and alcohol use
  • Talking a lot slower than normal
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