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Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Common features of bipolar disorder include:

  • Long periods of deep depression
  • The episodes of depression alternate with periods of inappropriate elation and hyperactivity, called mania.
  • The episodes of depression tend to last longer than episodes of mania.

Symptoms of depression include:

Symptoms of severe depression include:
  • Increasing thoughts about death
  • Increasing thoughts about suicide
  • Delusions
  • Suicidal plans
  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Homicidal plans

Symptoms of mania include:
  • Agitation
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Extreme optimism
  • High risk behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Inappropriate elation
  • Increased sex drive
  • Increased drive to achieve professional goals
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Poor judgment
  • Delusions
  • Racing thoughts
  • Rapid speech
  • Drug abuse

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bipolar Disorder References
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