How does a person with bipolar act?

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities.

Can someone tell if they are bipolar?

So no, not everyone who has bipolar disorder knows they have it. There are lots of reasons why someone with bipolar disorder might not realize it—or why they might deny having it even if they do.

Does bipolar worsen with age?

Bipolar may worsen with age or over time if this condition is left untreated. As time goes on, a person may experience episodes that are more severe and more frequent than when symptoms first appeared.

What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Mania can cause other symptoms as well, but seven of the key signs of this phase of bipolar disorder are: engaging in risky behavior, such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees

Are there any other diagnoses besides bipolar disorder?

Other possible diagnoses in addition to bipolar disorder that should be considered in the setting of symptoms such as these include unipolar (major) depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder.

Is it possible to diagnose bipolar disorder with hypomania?

While bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose, once it’s identified, it can be treated. Unless you have severe mania, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be hard to spot. People who have hypomania may feel more energized than usual, more confident and full of ideas, and able to get by on less sleep.

What to do if you think you have bipolar disorder?

If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, some strategies can help prevent minor symptoms from becoming full-blown episodes of mania or depression: Pay attention to warning signs. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Take your medications exactly as directed.