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What are the symptoms of depressive periods in bipolar disorder?

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During depressive periods ("the lows"), a person with bipolar disorder may have:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Not enjoying things they once liked
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Irritability
  • Needing more sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite changes that make them lose or gain weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Attempting suicide

From: Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

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