Could It Be Bipolar? 7 Signs to Look For

7 signs of depression

  1. feeling sad or hopeless for long periods of time
  2. withdrawing from friends and family or losing interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  3. having a significant change in appetite
  4. feeling severe fatigue or lack of energy
  5. speaking slowly
  6. having problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making
  7. thinking about or attempting suicide, or having a preoccupation with death
If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
If you think someone is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Sources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Types of bipolar disorder

Although there are four common types of bipolar disorder, there are two types that are most often diagnosed.

Bipolar I

This classic form of bipolar disorder used to be called “manic depression.” In bipolar I, manic phases are clear. The person’s behavior and moods are extreme, and their behavior quickly escalates until they’re out of control. The person may end up in the emergency room if left untreated.

To have bipolar I, a person must have manic episodes. In order for an event to be considered a manic episode, it must:

  • include moods or behaviors that are unlike the person’s usual behavior
  • be present most of the day, nearly every day during the episode
  • last at least one week, or be so extreme that the person needs immediate hospital care

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