How to Recognize Bipolar Disorder
Do you know someone who seems to have major or dramatic mood swings? They might be up for a few days, then down for a few days. You never know what to expect and are often scared or concerned? Not sure if they are have Bipolar II Disorder?
Bipolar II Disorder is a less severe form of bipolar disorder. This disorder includes at least one period of major depression and at least one of hypomania. (Hypomania is a bout of high energy and activity and is not as extreme as a full blown manic episode)
Hypomania usually lasts four or more days. Here are some things that it may include.
Unusual energy or irritability, unusual self confidence, being more social than usual, needing less sleep than usual, being unusually talkative or hyper, thinking faster than normal, being distracted, having trouble concentrating, increased productivity, being more involved in pleasurable activities.
A period of depression usually comes before or after a period of hypomanic. Symptoms may include, low mood, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, low energy, trouble concentrating, restlessness or irritability, changes in eating and sleeping, thoughts of suicide or death.
Bipolar II Disorder is serious, and if you think a loved one may have this please speak with them about getting help. If you think you may have this, please seek help as well. Don’t live life out of control, there is help.