Although most people are familiar with the term "bipolar disorder," this condition is still poorly understood by the general public. As such, many people suffer for years with bipolar disease symptoms before they talk to their doctor and get a diagnosis. Why suffer unnecessarily? If you've noticed any of these signs, then you should have a talk with your doctor about bipolar disorder — sooner rather than later.
1. You have periods of extra high energy and extreme accomplishment.
Do you seem to have weeks where it feels like you're running on overdrive, accomplishing anything and everything at lightning speed? Although you may like that these periods make you productive, they could actually be episodes of mania, one of the "poles" of bipolar disorder. Over time, periods of mania tend to be less beneficial and more of an issue. You may make overly confident decisions like quitting your job, buying expensive items, or gambling your life savings during a period of mania if your bipolar disorder is left untreated.
2. You withdraw from life for extended periods.
Everyone has days now and then when they don't really feel like doing much. But if you've noticed that you are withdrawing from family and friends, and also from activities you love, for weeks at a time, again and again — this could be an indicator of bipolar disorder. These depressive episodes are different for everyone. Some people feel fatigued and even ill during a depressive episode. Others just feel unmotivated and disinterested in things they typically enjoy.
3. Your friends and family have expressed their concerns or confusion.
Have people expressed difficulty understanding you or concerns about your personality? They could be picking up on the extreme mood swings you are experiencing. Sometimes, a family member will even tell you, directly, that they've noticed that you're having mood swings. It is natural to be a little taken aback and to get defensive when someone expresses their concerns. But, do your best to take their concern seriously. Often, others notice the symptoms of bipolar disorder before the patient does, and that could be what's happening in your situation.
If you are dealing with any of the struggles above, talk to your doctor about bipolar disorder. They should at least screen you for the condition to ensure that if you do have it, you're able to get treatment as soon as possible so you can move beyond it.Share
22 April 2021
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