Symptoms of bipolar disorder

Symptoms of mania can include:

  • Feeling happy even when things aren’t going well for you
  • Feeling more positive about yourself than usual
  • Feeling more active, energetic or restless
  • Being irritable, argumentative and aggressive
  • Talking very quickly, jumping from one idea to another, racing thoughts
  • Easily distracted and struggling to keep focus on one thing
  • Not needing much sleep
  • Making bad or uncharacteristic decisions such as gambling, excessive spending, being sexually promiscuous, going on spending sprees and using drugs or alcohol
  • Thinking you can do more than you can
  • Being more social than usual


Hypomania is similar to mania but with milder symptoms. It feels more manageable, but it still has a noticeable effect on how you function day-to-day. Hypomania may last for a shorter period of time.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Low mood, feeling hopeless and negative
  • Having less energy, feeling tired or ‘slowed down’
  • Feeling guilty and worthless
  • Being less interested in things you normally like doing
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Feeling more or less hungry than usual, losing or gaining weight when you do not mean to
  • Suicidal thoughts

Symptoms of psychosis can also happen during episodes of mania or depression such as:

  • Hallucinations – Hearing, seeing or feeling things that aren’t there
  • Delusions – Believing things that aren’t true and that other people find unusual

These experiences can feel very real, which can make it difficult for you to understand people’s concerns about you.

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