Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Mood Disorder Symptoms, Manic Bipolar Disorder Symptoms, Bipolar Mood Disorder Symptoms, Bipolar Affective Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects both men and women. An individual with bipolar disorder will experience episodes of extreme highs and lows which are not the common or normal feelings that happen once in a while. The following are the signs and symptoms of mania and depression.


  • decreased need for sleep
  • increased energy physically and mentally
  • racing thoughts and speaks very fast
  • having delusions and hallucinations
  • heightened mood and exaggerated optimism
  • excessive irritability, aggressive behavior, and impatience
  • poor judgment that tends to become impulsive
  • reckless behavior
  • inflated sense of self-importance
  • difficulty concentrating


  • loss of interest or pleasure in doing usual activities
  • lasting sadness or experiencing crying spells
  • irritable mood or restlessness
  • loss of energy or fatigue
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • oversleeping or unable to sleep
  • difficulty concentrating, which affects performance in school or work
  • loss in appetite or overeating, which results in weight loss or gain
  • experiencing chronic and persistent pain in body without physical injury or illness
  • inability to experience pleasure
  • feeling of always being fatigue or decrease in energy
  • feeling of hopelessness or despair
  • feelings of worry and anxiety
  • Suicidal attempts

Even at an earlier stage of the illness, there is a tendency of suicide attempts seen in people with bipolar disorder. If your loved one or anyone you know who is thinking and talking about suicide, you should seek immediate attention to a mental health professional to prevent the suicide. However, if treated properly, this can be prevented from happening.

Could You Have Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder Topics

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