4 Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by extreme mood swings. It can be difficult to diagnose and it can take months or years before a person realizes they have bipolar disorder. While bipolar disorder may not look the same for everyone, there are a few symptoms that are more common than others. Read on to learn more and contact us at South Coast Community Services for help diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder.

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Mood Swings

One of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder is extreme mood swings. A person may feel happy and energetic one day and then extremely depressed and lethargic the next. These mood swings can be so severe that they interfere with a person’s ability to function in their daily life.

Sleep Disturbances

People with bipolar disorder are more prone to sleep disturbances. This can range from oversleeping to sleeping too little, or experiencing insomnia. Some studies have even found that bipolar disorder can cause sleep-disordered breathing, and sleep apnea with daytime fatigue in people with bipolar disorder. Additionally, bipolar disorder can cause an interrupted REM cycle which leads to dreams being less vivid and disturbing. It is important to keep up proper sleeping habits and to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other sleep-disordered breathing medications.

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One of the more common symptoms people with bipolar disorder experience is irritability. People who have bipolar disorder will often swing from one extreme to another, so they can often be very aggressive one minute and very passive and withdrawn the next.

Racing Thoughts

The final symptom of bipolar disorder our team at South Coast Community Services will mention today is having racing thoughts and talking faster than normal. This is called pressured speech. Along with this, a person may feel like their thoughts are going too fast or they can’t control what they’re thinking.

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Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

South Coast Community Services

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog post, please reach out to us at South Coast Community Services. Our team can help you get the treatment you need to manage your bipolar disorder and live a happy, healthy life.