Bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors – Mania edition

Bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors

Bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors

In those experiencing bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors such as mania or depression it can last for several weeks to several months although they may vary in length depending on the individual. Initial stabilization for patients with acute mania is with a typical or atypical neuroleptic. Haloperidol is the first generation drug of choice and can be started at 5-15 mg given daily or twice a day.  People suffering from bipolar often argue that mania and depression have a cultural life outside the confines of diagnosis, that the experiences of people living with bipolar disorder belong fully to the human condition, and that even the most so-called rational everyday practices are intertwined with irrational ones.  At one end of the spectrum, mania consists of an abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood, lasting for at least one week.

A common characteristic of those with bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors is mania, people may feel extremely irritable or euphoric. People living with bipolar may experience several extremes in the shape of agitation, sleeplessness and talkativeness or sadness and hopelessness.  Characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder that can lead to engagement in risky behavior, damaged relationships, and an overall decline in ability to function on a daily basis.

Many people do not seek medical attention  during periods of mania because they feel manic symptoms (increased energy,  heightened mood, increased sexual drive, etc.) have a positive impact on them.  The Child Mania Rating Scale–Parent Version (CMRS-P) is an assessment tool that helps clinicians differentiate bipolar disorder from other childhood behavioral disorders, such as ADHD. This rating scale collects information from parents and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.

But while mania feels good at first, it has a tendency to spiral out of control.  Hypomania is a less severe form of mania.  Episodes of mania or depression may happen irregularly and follow an unpredictable pattern or they may be linked, with a manic episode always following a period of depression, or vice versa.

This was the bipolar depression symptoms and behaviors article, there will be an article about the hypomania symptoms in my next article which I’ll link (here) when it’s completed.

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