It is one thing to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is a completely different thing to note signs and symptoms of a person who has it and hasn’t been diagnosed, or a person who is relapsing.
First, I think it is important to clarify that bipolar disorder is the more modern term for manic depression but they are the same condition and also, bipolar disorder is also bipolar depression but in that case depression is the overriding effect.
A person who is exhibiting signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder may be exhibiting them initially from either the depressive side or the “up” side.
When I was first diagnosed, I had chronic sadness. I went around feeling like I wanted to cry all the time. This is in line with a symptom and that is feeling “down in the dumps.”
I would go between having no interest in sex with my wife to being insatiable.
I was always sleepy from the bipolar depressive aspect. I took little interest in anything. However, I would wake up often.
I just didn’t care about things. Things that had been very important like my job didn’t matter to me.
I felt that I had to do “something” but couldn’t get moving.
Overall then, some signs of a bipolar disorder coming on from the depressive standpoint include chronic sadness, disinterest in things that the person typically cares about, loss of self-esteem, change in sleeping or eating habits and restlessness.
From the opposite or “up” side, often called the “manic side,” a person may go without sleep or very little sleep. A person may have incredible energy, exhibit loud and fast talking or extreme irritability if their ideas are challenged. Also it becomes hard for them to focus on one idea.
It becomes very evident when a person has a million ideas and talks seriously about getting them done in a short period of time and then does nothing toward that end, that bipolar disorder may affecting them.
It should be noted that all of these things are exhibited by most people at one time or another. Signs of bipolar disorder are represented by chronic symptoms and signs.
In looking at myself as an illustration I would offer the following:
After having battled chronic depression for several months I awoke one morning with an idea of developing “news programs” for people in nursing homes via cassette tape in the form of highlights. Then I got the idea of having games on tape.
Instead of talking to nursing homes, I got a recording studio and recorded a master tape of a weeks’ news. That cost $250.00. Then I ordered 50 copies with the idea in mind that I would take orders while they were being produced. Nobody wanted them. I hadn’t done any kind of market research.
However, because I was in a “mania” or the high side of a bipolar disorder, I “hired” a phone person to call nursing homes all over the state on a commission basis but didn’t maintain good records and really didn’t have a place for them to work. Further I didn’t have the money to pay for the tapes so I was thrown into a depression.
That is an illustration of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.
If you are close to a person who is beginning to develop bipolar disorder you may note that they are showing an interest in risqué things like adult movies, things that they probably have never cared about before. Too many people think their morals have changed. They need help.
The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder are numerous and specific.