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What are the symptoms of depression in bipolar disorder?

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During the depression phase of bipolar disorder, you might:

You could have all of these symptoms or some of them. Someone with bipolar disorder can sometimes feel very sad but also full of energy. The surest sign of a phase of depression is that you feel down for a long time -- usually at least two weeks. You might have these episodes rarely or several times a year.

  • Feel sad, worried, or empty
  • Have little to no energy
  • Feel like you can’t enjoy anything
  • Sleep too little or too much
  • Have a hard time getting out of bed
  • Eat too little or too much
  • Have trouble focusing or remembering things
  • Have a hard time making decisions
  • Think about suicide or death

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

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