The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are periods of elevated or irritable mood accompanied by dramatic increases in energy, activity, and thinking. The illness has two (bi) strongly contrasting phases (polar): 1) bipolar mania or hypo-mania and 2) depression.
1) Bipolar mania or hypo-mania symptoms include:
Euphoria or irritability
Increased energy and activity
Excessive talk; racing thoughts
Unusual energy; less need for sleep
You have been treated for depression for more than 3 weeks, but you aren't getting better.
Who to see
Bipolar disorder is complex and hard to diagnose,
because it has many phases and symptoms. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as only
depression, because people are more likely to seek
treatment during a period of depression.
After you are diagnosed
with bipolar disorder, you'll need to keep a long-term relationship with
your doctor or therapist. It can help you make sure that your treatment is consistent and
that your medicines can be adjusted as needed.
health professionals can diagnose bipolar disorder, you will probably be
referred to a
psychiatrist who specializes in treating such
disorders. He or she can prescribe medicines and provide counseling. Other health
professionals who can diagnose bipolar disorder include: