Do I have bipolar disorder? Am I just a little bit moody? Those are a few questions people ask themselves when they are beginning to worry about their severe mood swings. Severe mood swings are not normal and could point to a hormone imbalance or bipolar disorder. The best thing you can do for yourself is to find out if you have one of these conditions and get a handle on them as soon as you possibly can.
The manic-depressive qualities of bipolar depression are probably one of the easiest things to notice about bipolar disorder. However, these low points do have to come with some high points. The highs are called episodes of bipolar mania and the lows are called bipolar depression. Some people have minor symptoms for this disorder while others have very severe symptoms. Frequently, these episodes are offset by a period of time where you feel normal and content with your life.
There is a common misconception that mania is just a period of happiness, however, that’s not the truth. There are quite a few different symptoms that can come with mania. Today I will be going over what bipolar mania is and many of its most common symptoms. I am not a doctor so please do not try to self-diagnose yourself. If you do have the symptoms, however, I do encourage you to seek medical help. Here are a few examples:
- You may feel like you can do anything at all. Your body gets filled with euphoria and you feel like nothing can go wrong. You are extremely happy with yourself for an extended period of time. Some people even feel godlike and allowed grandiose thoughts to take over.
- Because of your grandiose thoughts, you will probably begin to make a lot of really poor decisions and the only way you know this is others around you tell you that you are. Usually, you still stick by your poor decisions because they just make you feel really good.
- Many people find themselves talking a lot faster than normal. Racing thoughts began to overtake your mind and you feel the need to get them out as fast as possible. You might even begin talking so fast that people have difficulty understanding you. Along with your faster than normal speech you may even become more physically active as well.
- Aggressiveness starts to take over. You’re not necessarily angry all the time but that could be the case. Pretty much you become more ambitious. You throw yourself into everything all at once to the point of exhaustion. Many of these projects you end up starting you work on for a little while and don’t finish only to quickly start on another one.
- Everyday activities become difficult for you. You have trouble falling asleep. Trouble focusing. During this time your hygiene might even suffer as well.
- You become more reckless during periods of mania. Possibly, you find yourself taking chances on things that you normally would stay away from. The most common things are bad driving/speeding, overspending without thinking about the consequences, risky sexual behavior and even just performing risky stunts for attention.
Often times, after a short period of mania bipolar disorder sufferers slip right into their depressive state. Very few people have a small bout of calm right beforehand, but the depressive state is always lurking just around the corner.
I hope this information helps you and if you do have the symptoms you seek out some help. Bipolar disorder isn’t anything to be ashamed of as millions of people suffer from it. You are not alone and eventually, if we work together we can end the stigma surrounding this terrible mental illness.