In the below piece by Janine Dillera, she tackles the misconceptions about bipolar disorder. People often use the word “bipolar” to describe things that are mildly changeable or to describe normal mood swings, when it’s an actual mental illness. Janine’s ‘Bipolar Misconceptions Vs. Reality’ shows just a few of many symptoms of bipolar disorder to compare them to the misconceptions.
A very common misconception about Bipolar Disorder is that people with bipolar disorder swing back and forth between mania and depression. However, the facts of this are that most are depressed more often than they are manic. Mania may also be so mild that it goes unrecognized. People with bipolar disorder can also go for long stretches without symptoms.
Symptoms of Bipolar Mania
- Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable
- Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers
- Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic
- Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up
- Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
- Highly distractible, unable to concentrate
- Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
- Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
- Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)
Symptoms of Bipolar Depression
- Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Physical and mental sluggishness
- Appetite or weight changes
- Sleep problems
- Concentration and memory problems
- Feeling of worthlessness or guilt
- Thoughts of death or suicide
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