Recognizing bipolar disorder symptoms is easy when you know what to look for. Many specific characteristics within the bipolar disorder exhibit themselves in clear concise ways. You simply need to know what to look for.
When one begins to look for indicators, you will notice that certain things can happen that will begin the seemingly endless cycles of mood changes. These mood changes can last anywhere from a few months to a year with varying degrees.
Symptoms are usually very abnormal to the patient’s regular activities, that it is very clear to see. For instance if you have a friend who usually is pretty upbeat and seems to experience the same type of moods on a daily basis, and that person as an abrupt change in mood than you know something is up.
Severe mood changes are one of the most clear indicators that you can recognize. If you have a friend, who is usually a life of the party and suddenly becomes a recluse, for your normally active friends chooses to set a home alone for a long period. It is an abrupt mood change that can signal this debilitating disorder. Please be aware that it is a few signs together the doctors used to come up with this diagnosis.
Other common indicators include a prolonged overwhelming period of sadness, but your friend cannot seem to pull him or herself out. Your friend may feel as if the whole world is against them, that they cannot accomplish anything, they have no drive to succeed, or maybe even for the first time in their life be considering suicide.
In my husband’s case, he lost weight rapidly, because he did not feel the desire to eat. He began to yell at kids and me over little things that were not a big deal in reality but in his mind, these were huge issues.
He began to accuse me of trying all kinds of things such as accusing me of affairs with any of the males I knew, including family members. He began calling our friends and accusing them of doing things to him personally, and to our family. He truly believed the lies and that he told and he believed the whole world was out to get him.
My husband would also go through money, as it was nothing. He would write out checks during the week, and then forget to deposit his checks that caused a host of problems. I thought he was just being reckless but these were bipolar disorder symptoms and the only way to end these situations is to get a diagnosis and begin treatment.
All of the signs were clearly indicators, but at the time, I had never even heard of this illness. I just knew there was something very wrong and I had watched my husband become somebody I did not even know. The hardest part for me to dealing with these bipolar disorder symptoms of his was that I went from being very loved and cherished to someone that he truly despised even though I had done nothing.
Resources for this article
include my personal experience as a spouse of a bipolar patient and the following websites.