It’s a little bit complicated when it comes to the symptoms of bipolar disorder since they vary from types to types, depending on which episode the patient belongs to. There are mainly three episodes: mania, hypomania, and major depressive.
For those who belong to mania and hypomania episode, they may suffer from three or more of the following symptoms: distractibility, racing thoughts, unusual talkativeness, decreased need for sleep, increased activity, energy or agitation, being abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired, poor decision-making, and exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria).
For those who belong to the major depressive episode, they may experience symptoms such as depressed mood (feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful, irritability in children and teens), marked loss of interest or feeling no pleasure in all, fatigue or loss of energy, significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite. Besides, some people report that they may suffer from either insomnia or sleeping too much, and either restlessness or slowed behaviors. they usually can’t concentrate, always feel worthless or excessively guilty, and may even think about planning or attempting suicide.
It’s worth mentioning that the most prominent symptoms in children and teenagers may include severe mood swings that are different from their usual mood swings.