Sometimes people who appear depressed may actually have an illness called Bi-polar disorder. People who have bi-polar disorder have episodes of depression, mania and periods of normal mood in between. The time between these different mood episodes can vary greatly from person to person. The depression symptoms of a person with bi-polar disorder include some or all of the symptoms of major depressive disorder. Mania, on the other hand, is the opposite of depression. A person experiencing mania may have an elevated mood, be over confident, very talkative or extremely irritable. People with bi-polar disorder do not always have equal depressive to manic episodes. Often times a person with bi-polar disorder will have many more depressive episodes than manic episodes. It is not uncommon for a young person with bi-polar disorder to be initially diagnosed with depression as they have not yet experienced there first manic episode. Young people can experience different symptoms than adults, including mixed episodes (feeling manic and depressed at the same time), rapid mood fluctuations, aggression and high emotional reactivity.
- Elevated mood and increased energy
- Inflated self-esteem or overconfidence
- Rapid speech
- Racing thoughts
- Risk taking behaviors
- Decreased need for sleep
*Mental disorders should only be diagnosed by a trained medical professional. Symptoms are listed for information only and not for diagnostic purposes. Diagnoses is complicated and can have many variables. DO NOT ATTEMPT to diagnose yourself or someone else based on symptoms you see listed herein in yourself or someone else. If you are concerned and recognize some of the listed symptoms, seek help from a trained professional.