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Signs and Symptoms: Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
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Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)


People with bipolar disorder (manic-depression) display a mix of moods and behaviors ranging from manic (or high) to depressive (low).

Some or many of the following symptoms often accompany the manic phase of a bipolar disorder:

  • An irritable or expansive mood
  • An abnormal, persistent and elevated mood
  • Grandiose behavior
  • A sense of heightened self-esteem
  • Excessive talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Switching topics in mid-sentence
  • Fewer hours spent sleeping
  • High distractibility or agitation
  • Excessive spending
  • Sexual indiscretions
  • Poor judgment

Some or many of the following symptoms often accompany the depressive phase of a bipolar disorder:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Discouragement
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of emotion/pleasure regarding previously pleasurable activities
  • Frequent crying spells
  • Persistent anger
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Slowed speech
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Indifference to public appearance
  • Difficulty completing tasks

If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, our professional staff can help. We will evaluate your condition and determine the help you need to manage your symptoms.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630.933.4000. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.