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Bipolar Disorder
Signs and symptoms
Bipolar disorder is characterized by an alternating pattern of emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). The intensity of the associated signs and symptoms varies. Bipolar disorder can range from a mild condition to a severe condition, and there may be periods of normal behavior.

Manic phase
For many people, signs and symptoms in the manic phase may include:

  • Feelings of euphoria, extreme optimism and inflated self-esteem
  • Rapid speech, racing thoughts, agitation and increased physical activity
  • Poor judgment
  • Recklessness or taking chances not normally taken
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Tendency to be easily distracted
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Aggressive behavior

Depressive phase
In the depressive phase, signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt or hopelessness
  • Disturbances in sleep and appetite
  • Fatigue and loss of interest in daily activities
  • Problems concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Chronic pain without a known cause
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide
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