Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Everyone experiences ups and downs in life.  For most people, their good days and bad days often correspond to their circumstances.  For example, getting a raise at work will probably make you feel happier, while getting fired will probably make you feel sad, frustrated, and worried.  People with Bipolar Disorder, on the other hand, often have mood swings that don’t necessarily correspond to their current circumstances.  They may experience periods of extreme highs (mania) or extreme lows (depression) and may cycle between these feelings very quickly or over an extended period of time.  Bipolar Disorder, which was once referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is a mental health issue that affects millions of people.

Signs of Mania

Some of the common signs of mania include:

Extreme Happiness:  People in a manic episode often feel very happy or express exaggerated signs of happiness for extended periods of time. 

Risky Behavior:  When manic, people with bipolar disorder often take risks that are not usually part of their demeanor. This could be quitting a job, having sex with multiple partners, drinking binges, taking trips on the spur of the moment, spending all their money, gambling, or other unusual risky or impulsive actions.

Not Sleeping:  When someone is manic, they often get minimal sleep or go for long periods of time without sleep. 

Easily Distracted:  When someone is in a manic episode, they are often unable to concentrate or focus.  They may try to engage in multiple activities and become restless or impulsive.

Over-Confident:  During a manic episode, a person often feels like they can accomplish anything, even if they have no experience or knowledge about the activity they are undertaking. 

Signs of Depression

Some of the common signs of depression are:

Sadness or Crying:  When someone is depressed, they often feel like they are unable to enjoy themselves.  They may experience excessive crying and may feel like there is no hope or future.

Excessive Sleep:  Someone suffering from depression may sleep a lot more, stay in bed for hours if not days, and seem to suffer from fatigue with no energy to do anything.

Withdrawl:  People with depression often stop socializing, no longer want to go out, stop communicating, and prefer to spend time alone, away from friends and family.

Lack of Interest:  During a depressive episode, a person with bipolar disorder may lose interest in all activities, including work, social functions, hobbies, art, food, or anything else they once really enjoyed.

Problems Concentrating:  While depressed, a person with bipolar disorder may have difficulty focusing on even small tasks.  They may also have difficulty making decisions or remembering things.

Thoughts of Dying or Suicide:  When someone is depressed, they may begin to have frequent thoughts about death or may become preoccupied with thoughts of suicide.  In fact, the greater the depression the more intense the thoughts of dying tend to be.

New Dimensions Can Help!

If you or someone you know is struggling with Bipolar Disorder, New Dimensions can help.  Our Intensive Outpatient Programs for Bipolar Disorders are designed to help individuals stabilize their mood and develop the tools they need to create a healthier life.  We have programs for adolescents and adults and in-person counseling in Katy, The Woodlands, and the Clear Lake area of Houston.  Our online programs are available to anyone who resides within the State of Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, College Station, Lubbock, Abilene, Tyler, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, El Paso, Midland, Laredo, Odessa, and Beaumont.  To learn more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796 or visit our website at

22 December, 2020

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