Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder suffer from mood episodes. These mood episodes are a drastic change from a person’s usual mood. There are three different types of mood episodes: manic episodes, depressive episodes, and mixed episodes.

Symptoms of mania or a manic episode:

Mood changes

  • an overly long period of feeling high or an overly happy or outgoing mood
  • extreme irritability

Behavioral Changes

  • talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racing thoughts
  • being unusually distracted
  • increasing activities, such as taking on multiple new projects
  • being overly restless
  • sleeping little or not being tired
  • having an unrealistic belief in your abilities
  • behaving impulsively and engaging in pleasurable, high-risk behaviors


Symptoms of depression of a depressive episode

Mood Changes

  • an overly long period of feeling sad or hopeless
  • loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex

Behavioral Changes

  • feeling overly tired or “slowed down”
  • having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • being restless or irritable
  • changing eating, sleeping, or other habits
  • thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide





  1. I found this post very helpful. You were very thorough with the different symptoms of bipolar and explained the different mood episodes rather well. I always found mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, very interesting because of the wide range of symptoms that exist in the disorders. It just really interests me how one symptom could be as minimal as being easily distracted and another could be as severe as thinking of death or attempting suicide.

  2. Pingback: Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder | Jen G. Writes

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