Bipolar Disorder

The phase of mania presents itself as an exaggerated feeling of elation and the affected person is usually overactive, euphoric or irritable at the same time. This phase is followed by more or less intense depression, with lowered mood, lethargy and sadness. The mood swings occur episodically and regardless of the current life situation.
Bipolar disorder: Symptoms

Symptoms in the depressive Phase

In the depressive phases, the clinical picture resembles the one of depression. The main symptoms include

  • Lowered mood
  • Loss of interest and happiness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty sleeping, particularly sleeping through the night in the second half of the night
  • Difficulty with concentration and thinking
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Self-doubt
  • Suicidal thoughts

Bipolar disorder: Symptoms in the manic Phase

In periods of mania, the previously depressed mood completely shifts. This phase is not always easy to recognise at first. Often, those affected only have a more active and positive mood at first than during the depressive phase. The manic Phase can also remain in this weakened form. This is called hypomania.

  • Overestimation of one's own abilities and recklessness
  • Grandiose delusions
  • Creative potential


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