Symptoms of Bipolar disorders (mania, hypomania and depression) are experienced in different ways by different people, so finding a clinician who is able to really take the time to understand your symptoms is key to an accurate diagnosis. We can help.
Bipolar disorder is commonly misdiagnosed as the symptoms are similar to other conditions like depression, ADHD, personality disorders or addictions. Manic episodes don’t necessarily mean feeling elation – they can mean feeling incredibly irritable or even angry.
A manic episode is characterised by some or all of the following symptoms:
Hypomania is a less extreme version of mania and may not be as easy to identify. Hypomania is experienced by those who have Bipolar 2, cyclothymia or rapid cycling Bipolar.
People with hypomania often don’t get the ‘highs’ that you might associate with Bipolar disorder – in fact it’s common to feel intensely irritated, anxious or angry during hypomania.
You might find that you are more energised and motivated to get things done and may find you are talking and thinking faster. It’s common to experience many of the symptoms described in mania above , but to a lesser degree. Others may not even notice that anything is particularly wrong.
My symptoms were passed over as depression for years and basically left untreated. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder after seeing a very well qualified psychiatrist through Clinical Partners and now have the right medication – which has made all the difference.
Manic depression is another term used for Bipolar disorder. It identifies that someone with Bipolar will experience manic episodes and will also experience episodes of depression.
Depressive episodes can be major depressive or can be episodes of milder symptoms.
Symptoms of depression:
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