Top 5 Signs You Might Be Bipolar

We all have our ups and downs, but if you experience severe changes in mood, energy, sleep and the ability to cope with daily responsibilities, you might be experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mental health condition that causes extreme shifts in moods that alternate between “highs” (or mania) and “lows” (or depression). These manic and depressive periods vary from person to person and can last from just a few hours or days to several weeks or even months. Sometimes these periods of intense emotions are so brief and so far between that many people may not be aware that they have bipolar disorder. Sometimes these cycles are so strong and close together that it is very difficult to maintain a normal life and have normal relationships.

People with bipolar disorder shift between feelings of depression and feelings of mania, with normal periods in between. Sometimes it’s easier to identify these depressive episodes because depression is more widely talked about. The depressive phase of bipolar disorder shares many similarities to regular depression, including prolonged sadness, inability to concentrate, loss of energy, difficulty sleeping, and thoughts of suicide. People with bipolar depression, however, tend to have more unpredictable mood swings, more irritability and guilt, and more feelings of restlessness. They also tend to move and speak slowly, sleep a lot and gain weight.
Manic episodes are often harder to identify because many people don’t understand what the symptoms of mania are. If you experience episodes of depression followed by the following symptoms of mania, you may have bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Sign 1: Abnormal or Excessive Elation or Energy

Mania is more than simply feeling good or euphoric. During manic episodes people can be described as being frantic, hyperactive or over-excited.

Bipolar Sign 2: Racing Thoughts and Speech

Oftentimes a person’s thoughts and speech are so fast during manic episodes that their speech gets pressured, loud and hard to understand. These racing thoughts make it difficult to concentrate on any one thing at a time and are often broken up into fragmented tangents during speech.

Bipolar Sign 3: Grandiose Thinking

Grandiosity is a term used to describe an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, power, identity or knowledge. During a manic episode, a person may have grandiose notions, such as that they are better at something than they really are or that they can accomplish a difficult or series of tasks in a very short period of time. This can cause people with bipolar disorder to be become involved in excessive planning and start multiple activities that they never end up finishing. These grandiose ideas often lead individuals to engage in things such as impulsive spending sprees, reckless driving, and foolish financial investments.

Bipolar Sign 4: Decreased Need for Sleep

During a manic episode, a person will usually wake up several hours earlier than normal and feel full of energy, despite having less sleep. Sometimes the sleep disturbance is so severe that the person may go for days without sleep without feeling tired.

Bipolar Sign 5: Hypersexuality

During manic episodes, a person may become hypersexual. They may experience things such as an increased sex drive and sexual fantasies; make unusual sexual demands on their partner; make inappropriate sexual advances; have affairs; spend lots of money on porn, prostitutes, etc.

If you or someone you love exhibits any of these warning signs of bipolar disorder, it’s important to seek help right away. Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, these symptoms can interfere with the ability to live a normal life. There is no shame in admitting you might be bipolar — only a chance to return to a normal life.

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13 Responses to “Top 5 Signs You Might Be Bipolar”

  1. Shelton

    Please look this over and take seriously…

  2. Zane P

    Hi thank you so much for the Information I can say hand on my Heart I have 99 % of all the symptons I have put my Wife and Kids through hell not once manly times. What next where do I go to get Help and how long will it take before Ime NORMAL. 20 years is a lifetime of PAIN for my Soul Mate and my BEAUTYFULL Kids

  3. Casa Palmera

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  4. Norma S.

    I have these problems and I don’t have insurance I am a low income persons how can I go about getting help

  5. Casa Palmera

    Please call 1-866-768-6719 or email for more information, as programs, payment and fees can vary depending on diagnosis, insurance, etc.

  6. Colton

    I’m 17 and I have most of these symptoms, I’ve been telling myself it’s just Generalized Anxiety for fear it might be something else. I haven’t told my parents, I know I should but I don’t want to disapoint them… Stupid I know. I’m tired of living my life like this, and I’m ready to get help. But where should I start? I’ve had this for almost a year now.

  7. Deb F.

    My spouse, goes hyper moody in seconds. he also blames me for everything, and accuses me of being bipolar, when I tell him something that he did. he says and insist that he did not do it, even though he did and there are witnesses. please help me. He has such a temper, yells, does things and says things and immediatly denies it.

  8. Tiffinie

    Hi. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16 I am now almost 37. I was wondering if there is such a thing as out growing bi polar? Or can it lay dormant? I have been off medication and therapy for about 10 years now. I have times where I am well, what I say is border line depressed, just down or sad for either no or little reason or for the usually reason, that can ‘normally’ not get me down. For me I think that’s pretty normal for a regular person. But I have not had any manic stages in YEARS, other then racing thoughts, and talking fast now and then. (But I was also diagnosed with ADD as a child) I was just wondering if there is any chances of my bi polar flaring up again?

  9. Hay write

    I am only 15 and worried that I have bipolar I have the symptoms and I have read loads about it and it just seems to fit. I know it’s stupid to think I could have it at my age but please reply thankyou x

  10. Casa Palmera

    Thank you for your comment. We are an adult facility only. However we can refer you to a program and information that may help you. Please call 888-481-4481 or email for more information.

  11. Jessica

    I don’t think anyone can grow out of it. It’s a life long adventure as is all life anyone has to go through even with out a mental illness. It’s about learning to love your self and acceptance that it’s okay you need extra tools and help learning to manage emotions and other variables that effect the people who deal with this. Just know there is nothing wrong with you! Drives me bonkers that some people put such a negative light on this every one has good and bad in them it’s more obvious when in a good or bad mood sure but learning control dosent happen over night it requires so much patient forgiveness and unconditional love some can’t handle the stress but it’s stressful for both sides dealing with this. Excerise helps when in hypomania to release excess energies. write, read, play a game, spend time with people who care about you do things that make you happy when you down cyle. It’s all about adapting and learning how to cope with how you feel good or bad in a way that is beneficial to your health and well-being šŸ™‚ be brave enough to be different. Hugs and love y’all stay strong.

  12. Brian

    I am 65 and was diagnosed in 1990. For anyone newly diagnosed, STAY ON YOUR MEDS!!! It could save your life. This isn’t a neurochemical imbalance that will self correct over time.

    With the right medication(s) and therapy you can lead a happy and productive life. Everyone is different. With some it may take trying different medicine or combinations. Be patient, it may take a few days for the medication benefits to kick-in.

    Nine years ago my therapist suggested I do some volunteer work to give my time some structure. I started volunteering at an animal rescue. I found that being around dogs and bonding with some who had been at the shelter for a long time made me feel better no matter what kind of day I had.

    There is a neurochemical benefit from bonding with a dog. Research has shown both human and dog produce oxytocin a “feel good” hormone. You don’t feel high, just loved and more whole. In this respect dogs truly are man’s best friend.

    Over time my volunteer work led me to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. I have my own business. Instead of receiving care, my 99 year old mom lives with me. I care for her.

    I have grown from being disabled to differently abled. I now speak dog with a bit of wolf. Canines communicate through body language along with vocalizations. I’ve read Turid Rugaas’ book on the topic. Now, communicating at the dogs level I have become more patient, I see the world the way a dog sees it. So much of canine language is focused on conflict avoidance, we humans have forgotten how to do that. I avoid seeing dogs as furry little humans. They are dogs, intelligent sentient beings with individual personalities.

    Pardon my tangent. Being a dog trainer is the first job that works for me. Most of my adult life I could not hold a job. This one is different. As much as I have taught dogs, through observation dogs have taught me much about dogs and they have been my teacher as well.

    In closing, you are NOT bi-polar you HAVE Bi-Polar Affective Disorder. There’s a big difference from my perspective. To be Bi-Polar implies that it’s the sum total of my existence. To have Bi-Polar means it’s a chronic disease that can be treated, managed and there’s so much more to me then an imbalance in my brain chemistry.

    Through therapy you can find out who you are. Once you find you, be you, do you honestly, to the best of your ability. Don’t forget to laugh at life’s little SNAFUs.