Bipolar disorder is a life-altering condition, a diagnosis that no one wants to receive, no matter what the circumstances are.
It also just so happens that bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose, too — in some cases it can take up to 10 years for a patient to get an accurate diagnosis. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms that come along with bipolar disorder can help patients and doctors arrive at a correct diagnosis in the shortest amount of time possible.
If you or someone you know is struggling with any of the bipolar symptoms mentioned below, please contact familyfirst Family Medical Practice today to schedule a consultation.
1.) Bouts of Rage or Anger
Although signs and symptoms will vary from individual to individual, if you or someone you know is experiencing bursts or bouts of anger and rage, this can be do to bipolar disorder. The reverse is also true, if you’re experiencing depression or intense fatigue or loss of energy, this is also a symptom of bipolar disorder.
Feelings of elevated confidence, grandiosity, and delusional/magical thinking can often be experienced in patients who live with bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know is experiencing these types of feelings or exhibiting these types of behaviors, they should not go ignored.
3.) Changes in Appetite
This can mean either eating too much or eating too little. Sudden changes in appetite are a strong indicator of mood disorder and especially bipolar disorder.
Other symptoms include inability to make decisions, difficulty sleeping, talking abnormally fast or excessively, difficulty with concentration and memory, and more.
Though bipolar can be difficult to diagnose, and, above all, difficult to accept as a part of everyday life, there is treatment out there that can help you live a healthy, productive life in spite of your bipolar disorder. Contact familyfirst Family Medical Practice to schedule your consultation today if you believe you have bipolar disorder. There’s a lot we can do to help.