It’s hard to admit that you or a loved one has bipolar disorder. Rather, it hard to admit that anything is wrong with you or a loved one. It always seems easier to not mind the problems and gloss through it as if there is no problem at all. Often times we do this, ignore the problems as if they are nonexistent, the fear is understandable, but the fact that you let the problem go on will only make things worse. If you have any suspicion of a love one or yourself having an attitude problem that goes beyond the effects of nurture, examine things and see if you or your loved one have bipolar disorder. We will discuss bellow the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Though depression is part of Bipolar Disorder, its presence does not mean that you already have the disorder. Depression could just be depression, a condition that is something to be concerned of in its own and should be treated and approached as soon as possible. But in order to truly define an individual as a person of who has Bipolar Disorder, he or she must also experience Mania, which often show’s itself as a sudden surge of energy and confidence. Don’t presume that a person who has a sudden change of energy and confidence is someone who has the condition yet though, for all we know that person finally got over his or her depression. What can truly show that the condition is present is the sudden changes between depression and mania, even for little to no reason at all.

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One way to differentiate Mania with confidence and a new outlook on life are the following. A person experiencing Mania will not look at the consequences and approach things with poor judgment, a person who is just confident and trying to pursue new thing will do so with caution or at the very least accepting of the risks while acknowledging it.  A manic person exhibits restlessness, extreme irritability, lack of concentration, unrealistic confidence in the capabilities, bad spending habits such as spending sprees,  denial that anything is wrong,  and decrease need of sleep.  If a person is not exhibiting more than one of these, most likely they do not suffer from bipolar disorder.

During the depressed state, every person’s severity will vary from person to person. This state is the predominating feature in a person suffering from bipolar disorder. Depression could manifest through; a long period of sadness and empty mood, a pessimistic outlook on almost everything, feelings of guilt and hopelessness, Sleeping too much,  thoughts of suicide or the attempt to do so. Along with several depressed behaviors.

This article does not replace a doctor’s diagnosis, if you observe these traits present in a loved one, or are experiencing these feelings, it would be beneficial for you to approach a doctor for a full diagnosis to see if you really are suffering from bipolar disorder, getting diagnosed early will allow you to know how to manage your condition and treat the symptoms if needed.