A person experiencing alternating serious depressive and manic symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, may have Bipolar Disorder. Listed below are common symptoms of both mania and depression. Although a more complete description of depressive symptoms is found under that resource heading.
Some common symptoms of mania are:
A long period of feeling “high,” uncharacteristically outgoing and having excess energy, feeling extremely irritable, “jumpy” or “wired,” talking very fast, jumping from one topic to another, feeling like one’s thoughts are racing, being easily distracted, unable to focus on one thing or concentrate, being restless, unable to stay in one place, needing very little sleep, having an unrealistically positive belief in one’s abilities, having impaired judgment — leading to impulsive actions or risky behaviors such as spending sprees, uncharacteristically promiscuous sexual behavior, and questionable business investments.