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What are changes to look for that can indicate mood swings if you have bipolar disorder?

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At first, mood swings may take you by surprise. But over time, you might start to see patterns or signs that you're entering a period of mania or depression. Aside from a shift in your mood, look for changes in your:

  • Sleep patterns
  • Energy level
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Sex drive
  • Self-esteem
  • Concentration

From: Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

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Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

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Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,5, American Psychiatric Association. 

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness. 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). 

American Psychiatric Association. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002.  The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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