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We all get moody sometimes. Mood swings are a drag, but most of the time they don’t disrupt our lives too much. If you have bipolar disorder, episodes of moodiness are much different.
When you have bipolar disorder, you could go for days without sleep and be on an extreme high. Or, you could be so low you can’t even get out of bed. Going to work and caring for personal and family responsibilities can become impossible.
What exactly makes bipolar disorder different than typical moodiness? Read on to get answers to common questions people ask about bipolar disorder.
When having a manic episode, you may:
When having a depressive episode, you may:
Sometimes a mood episode includes both manic and depressive symptoms. This means you could feel very sad and empty while at the same time feel extremely energized. Many people experience depressive episodes more often than mania or hypomania.
Bipolar is different from the typical ups and downs we all have in life. If you’re concerned about how your fluctuating moods are interfering in your daily life, help is available. You may find once you get a handle on it, it’s quite treatable and liveable.
Just as with any other illness, the first step to feeling better is identifying the problem. Get a free, confidential behavioral health assessment at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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