Interested in the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do you think you may be manic depressive? Bipolar disorder was only recently discovered, by Emil Kraepelin in the late nineteenth century. Since then, it is commonly realized that this disorder is more prevalent in society than people thought. Here are some symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Have you ever felt lethargic and anxious at the same time? If so, you may be manic depressive. A mixed state combines the worst of mania with the worst of depression, leaving you feeling tired and exhausted. A person in a mixed state has the highest risk of suicide, as they feel depressed, but still have the energy to attempt to kill themselves.
In advanced states of mania, psychosis may result. At this point, a person with bipolar disorder may not realize where they are at or what is going on around them. Their thinking becomes erratic and blurred, which can lead to suicide attempts. They may hear voices or have hallucinations. Someone in a state of psychosis needs to be hospitalized immediately.
Recently it has come to light that long term, untreated bipolar disorder can cause a loss of brain matter. In particular, impulse control and short term memory are effected, similar to Alzheimer's disease. Remembering your schedule, as well as faces and names can become difficult, and at times embarrassing. As well, memory loss in bipolar disorder will adversely affect academic performance
In an advanced state of mania, someone with bipolar disorder I can stay awake for days. Insomnia can result from stressful environments or overdosing on caffeine tablets. If this condition persists for more than a few days, it can turn into psychosis. As well, insomnia will lead to poor work performance, potentially leading to job loss.