Although Bipolar disorder does affect millions of people, when the symptoms are not recognizable, what are specifics a person should look for? One of the most common symptoms among sufferers of Bipolar depression are the energetic highs to the listless lows.
These are signs of a manic episode:
• Increased energy
• Euphoric mood
• Extreme irritability
• When speaking, jumping from one idea to another
• Lack of focus
• Poor judgment
• Increased sex drive
• Denying that anything is wrong
These are signs of a depressive episode:
• No interest in activities
• Decreased energy
• Trouble remembering
• Thought or attempts at suicide
If you suspect a friend or family member may be suffering from Bipolar disorder, contact a therapist. Approach the suspected person supportively and let them know you are ready to listen.