What is bipolar?
- More than 5 million people in the United States have bipolar disorder.
- Unless you have severe mania, bipolar can be difficult to diagnose.
- Approximately 1 in 5 people diagnosed with bipolar also have borderline personality disorder.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings from high (mania) to low (depression) and low to high. The mood swings may even become mixed, so you might feel elated and depressed at the same time.
Bipolar is not a rare diagnosis. More than 5 million people in the United States are living with some form of bipolar disorder. Symptoms tend to appear in a person’s late teens or early adult years, but they can occur in children as well. Women are more likely to receive bipolar diagnoses than men, though the reason for this remains unclear.
Bipolar disorder can be hard to diagnose, but there are warning signs you can look for.
What are the warning signs of bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder may include the following warning signs.
7 signs of mania
- feeling overly happy or “high” for long periods of time
- having a decreased need for sleep
- talking very fast, often with racing thoughts
- feeling extremely restless or impulsive
- becoming easily distracted
- having overconfidence in your abilities
- engaging in risky behavior, such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees