Severe Mood Swings? Sleepless Nights? It Could Be Bipolar Disorder. Learn the Signs
Many people are familiar with the term "bipolar" or "Bipolar Disorder." People are less familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disorder—and therefore what to watch for in themselves or others.
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Bipolar Disorder onset
Bipolar disease is treatable. It is estimated to affect more than 15 million adult Americans of all ages and ethnic groups. Bipolar disorder usually appears in late adolescence, though it can begin in early childhood or later in life. It does tend to run in families, suggesting there may be a genetic link.
Manic and depressive episodes
While men and women are affected equally, bipolar disorder in men tends to begin with a manic episode, and in women with a depressive episode. Manic episodes are characterized by intense and lasting energy, with everything racing quickly. In euphoric mania, a person's energy is very upbeat. On the other hand, in dysphoric mania, the energy is negative, agitated, and possibly aggressive. The consistent symptom between both types is a restlessness that defies sleep.
There are three types of bipolar disorder, all defined by patterns of behavior and severity of symptoms.
All people have mood swings, but the severity of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder can disrupt everyday life activities, relationships, and the ability to function.
The symptoms of mania may include:
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