In my last post, I talked about the signs of bipolar mania. Today, I am going to discuss the other side of bipolar disorder which is the depressive state. Depression can be very dangerous as when you hit those low points you might feel like there is no way out and commit suicide. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. If you feel like you might first yourself please seek professional help immediately.
The most common symptoms associated with bipolar depression are as follows:
- You began to feel like all hope is lost, feel sad, or even feel guilty for no reason. Sometimes you may even feel like there is no point to anything anymore but have no idea where these feelings are coming from.
- Loss of interest in things you used to really enjoy. You don’t have any hobbies anymore and simply don’t feel like doing things that you were once passionate about. You also start to sleep a lot because you feel tired for no reason whatsoever. You began to stop caring about tasks that you have to do and just ignore them for days on end.
- Things that used to not bother you at all become extremely frustrating. Your irritability goes up and you tend to snap at and argue with people over meaningless things.
- Some people began to have trouble falling asleep even though they are exhausted. Also, many times you find you have lost your appetite and have lost a lot of weight because you’re not eating like you should be.
- You began to have pain across your body. There is no real source for the pain which is referred to as phantom pains during your depressive state.
- Thoughts of suicide or just thoughts of the world without you. When you begin to have these and possibly start to formulate a plan please seek emergency help immediately!
If you suffer from any of these you should truthfully have a discussion about your symptoms with your doctor. They may be able to provide options and treatment that might help. Treatments for your symptoms can make life more bearable and even improve your general outlook on life.
I hope this gives you a little more understanding of the depression that is associated with bipolar disorder. By getting this knowledge out there I hope that one day we can and the stigma associated with mental illness.
Thanks for reading!