There are some signs and symptoms that you may notice associated with bipolar disorder. It will include dramatic mood swings from being excessively happy to being irritable to being hopeless or sad. This happens in intervals and mood changes are quite noticeable. Here are some specific signs and symptoms that a person with bipolar disorder shows:
• Excessively happy or euphoric mood
• Increased energy, and restlessness
• Quickly distracted
• Racing thoughts, talks unusually fast, and jumps from one idea to another
• Little sleep needed
• Spending sprees
• Poor judgment
• Unrealistic beliefs in their abilities
• Increased sexual drive
• Drug abuse, such as cocaine, sleeping medications, and alcohol abuse
• Aggressive behavior
• Denial that anything is wrong
In severe cases, a person who has bipolar disorder thinks and attempts suicide. People who have this brain disorder feel that they are useless and it's better to end their lives.
As you can see, bipolar disorder is a very serious illness that you should be aware of. It is important that if you see any irregularities in a person's behavior, they should get treated immediately and not wait for it to become any worse.
It is important if the person is feeling suicidal you should immediately call a doctor and seek emergency assistance immediately. It is also important that the person should not be allowed, and make sure that they don’t have any access to large amount of medication where they can overdose on it, weapons such as knife and gun, and other items that they can use to inflict harm to themselves.
Bipolar can be treated with medication and psychiatric therapy. With patience, the person with this disorder can lead a normal and productive life.
You have to consider that this particular disorder has no cure and requires a lifetime of medication and psychotherapy. So, if you suspect that a member of your family or one of your friends has this disorder, you can help them by taking them to a psychiatrist where they can be treated.