Bipolar Disorder

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Manic symptoms can include:

How you might feel How you might behave
happy, euphoric or a sense of wellbeing

uncontrollably excited, like you can’t get your words out fast enough

irritable and agitated

increased sexual energy

easily distracted, like your thoughts are racing, or you can’t concentrate

very confident or adventurous

like you are special or understand things other people don’t

like you are untouchable or can’t be harmed

like you can perform physical and mental tasks better than normal

more active than usual

talking a lot, speaking very quickly, or not making sense

being very friendly

saying or doing things that are inappropriate and out of character

sleeping very little or not at all

being rude or aggressive

misusing drugs or alcohol

spending money excessively and inappropriately

losing social inhibitions

taking serious risks with your safety

Hypomanic symptoms can include:

How you might feel How you might behave
happy, euphoric or a sense of wellbeing

very excited, like you can’t get your words out fast enough

irritable and agitated

increased sexual energy

easily distracted, like your thoughts are racing, or you can’t concentrate

confident or adventurous

more active than usual

talking a lot or speaking very quickly

being very friendly

sleeping very little

spending money excessively

losing social inhibitions or taking risks

Depressive symptoms can include:

How you might feel How you might behave
down, upset or tearful

tired or sluggish

not finding enjoyment in things

low self-esteem and lacking in confidence

guilty, worthless or hopeless

agitated and tense

suicidal

not doing things you normally enjoy

having trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much

eating too little or too much

misusing drugs or alcohol

being withdrawn or avoiding people

being less physically active than usual

self-harming, or attempting suicide