A medical condition, termed depressive disorder, affects the normal function of our brains. They say the depression is the gift of modern lifestyle. It may be true in some cases and may not be so in some other cases. In yet other cases, the depression may be due to life style and other factors. Depressive disorders are many and different and bipolar disorder is one of them. This disorder causes strange swings of the affected person’s mood, verve and the capacity to work.
Medical researchers are still learning the potential root causes of the bipolar disorder. They suspect the disorder may be caused by genetic factors independently and in combination with environmental factors. However we will not proceed further in that direction as the bipolar disorder-symptoms form the theme of this article.
This disorder is a condition that creates lifted up manic/hypo-manic and depressed states for extended time and here are the bipolar disorder-symptoms in detail.
The bipolar disorder-symptoms may be of two varieties.
The first set of signs is related to mania or what is otherwise referred to as a manic episode. They include:
• Euphoria or excessively “high,” mood
• Increased physical activity that is, augmented energy, activity, and restiveness. Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
• Excessive irritability , agitation, Aggressive behavior
• Fast speech , equally fast thoughts and rapidly shifting topics
• Tendency of Distractibility, lack of concentration
• Very little need of sleep
• Unrealistic self-esteem, poor judgment , and spending sprees
• Extended period of behavior different from usual
• Increased sexual drive, abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
• Unsafe behavior
• Denial that something is wrong
The second set of bipolar disorder-symptoms is related to depression or a depressive episode. They include:
• Sadness, anxiety, or feeling of emptiness
• Hopelessness or pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, ineptitude, or despondency
• Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed,
• Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being “slowed down”
• Problems related to concentration
• Restiveness or irritability
• Problems regarding sleep
• Problems with respect to appetite
• Chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms without any obvious cause
• Thoughts oriented towards committing suicide, death
If in excess of five of the above bipolar disorder-symptoms are observed almost a day lasting for a fortnight or more, then it is the sign of depression or depressive episode. If these symptoms are appeared along with that of mania, it is called mixed state of bipolar disorder. In mixed state, the bipolar disorder-symptoms consist of insomnia, agitation, psychosis, appetite change and suicidal tendency. Simultaneously, the affected person may feel highly energized too.
The bipolar disorder-symptoms may include alcohol or drug abuse, problems at school/workplace, and or interpersonal problems and they point to the underlying mood disorders.
There is no ensured way to thwart bipolar disorder from occurring. Nevertheless, giving treatment to the person showing the first sign of the disorder may stop it from deterioration.
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