The Bipolar Symptoms You Might Not Realize Are Symptoms

In some forms, psychosis manifests itself as catatonia, disordered thought (including ‘word salad’), and hallucinations.


This was the sneaky little thing that did a great job of hiding my condition for a long time despite having suffered from bipolar episodes for more than 15 years. Hypomania is an elevated mood, but is usually much less noticeable than full-blown mania

People who are hypomanic might suddenly be very sociable, but not obnoxious in the presence of others in the way someone who is manic can be. They might spend more money than usual, but generally not to excess. They will probably sleep less than usual but maintain a normal to high level of energy, and they will very likely be much more productive than they normally are.

You can spot my hypomanic episodes from a mile away — my house is normally never that clean.

Inability to Follow Through or Complete Tasks

One pattern you might notice in bipolar people is that they often have a lot of unfinished projects lying around. They may start new craft projects they’ll never finish, decide to start a business that doesn’t really take off, or plan grand vacations that just never seem to happen.

People with bipolar disorder jump easily from one task to the next, leaving many incomplete ones in their wake while searching for the next interesting shiny new thing. I think I have about 15 unfinished sweaters tucked away in bags and boxes somewhere. Realistically, no matter how good my intentions, most of them will never see the light of day again.

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