Irritability Some people with bipolar suffer from "mixed mania" where they experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time. During this state, they are often extremely irritable. Everyone has bad days, which is one reason this kind of bipolarity is much harder to recognize.
I can't control it'. Rapid speech Some people are naturally talkative; we all know a motor mouth or chatty Cathy. But "pressured speech" is one of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder. This kind of speech occurs when someone is really not in a two-way conversation, Dr.
The person will talk rapidly and if you try to speak, they will likely just talk over you. They will also sometimes jump around to different topics. Trouble at work People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty in the workplace because so many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, do their job, and interact productively with others.
In addition to having problems completing tasks, they may have difficulty sleeping, irritability, and an inflated ego during a manic phase, and depression at other times, which causes excessive sleeping and other mood problems. A lot of the workplace problems can be interpersonal ones, Dr. Alcohol or drug abuse About 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse problem, particularly alcohol use, Dr.
Many people will drink when they are in a manic phase to slow themselves down and use alcohol to improve their mood when they are depressed. Erratic behavior When they are in a manic phase, people with bipolar disorder can have an inflated self-esteem. Two of the most common types of behavior that can result from this are spending sprees and unusual sexual behavior.
Sleep problems People with bipolar disorder often have sleep problems. During a depression phase, they may sleep too much, and feel tired all the time. During a manic phase, they may not sleep enough--but still never feel tired. Even on just a few hours of sleep each night, they may feel great and have lots of energy. Bearden said getting on a regular sleep schedule is one of the first things she does for patients.
Flight of ideas This symptom may be something that is hard to recognize, but occurs frequently when someone is in a manic phase. People feel like their mind is racing and they can't control or slow down their thoughts. This flight of ideas sometimes occurs with pressured speech.
People with bipolar may not recognize or admit that their mind is racing out of control, says Dr.