Friday, December 11, 2009

Signs and Symptoms
 In the future I will not predict my posts.  Sometimes, when the time comes, I don't want to write about the things I said I would.  Living with bipolar disorder is like riding a roller coaster.  The ups re so much fun, if not embarrassing, and productive.  The difference is that the downs are not fun, but the are scary.  Most of the time the ride fluctuates quickly and suddenly.  I never know what I am going to wake up to--if I ever slept.
 In an effort to help everyone understand more fully about bipolar disorder, here is a list of symptoms of manic episodes and depressive episodes.  Please, no self diagnosis from these lists.  If you are worried about yourself or someone you love see a mental health professional or your physician.  The list is from

Symptoms of a Depressive Episode
Persistent sad, down or empty moods
Feeling helpless, hopeless and pessimistic
Feelings of guilt or being worthlessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being "slowed down"
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Restlessness or irritability
Sleeping too much or excessively
Loss of appetite and weight loss
Increased appetite and weight gain

Symptoms of a Manic Episode
Increased energy, activity and restlessness
Racing thoughts and rapid speech
Denial that anything is wrong
High risk behavior
Impulsiveness or reckless behavior
Excessive "high" or moderately positive feelings
Poor sleep or decreased sleep
Unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability
Poor judgment
A sustained period of behavior that is different from usual behavior
Increased sexual drive
Abuse of drugs and alcohol
Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior

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