For some patients with bipolar disorder, the depressive symptoms, also called bipolar depression, can be more disabling than the manic symptoms. It’s important that you discuss all your symptoms with your health care professional, including any manic episodes. The depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder are similar to, and in fact often misdiagnosed as, symptoms of major depressive disorder. To be diagnosed with bipolar disorder you must have experienced a high period of either mania or hypomania (a less severe form of mania). So be sure to talk to your health care professional about all the symptoms you are experiencing, including any manic episodes. This will help your health care professional recognize the differences between these often-similar disorders.
Some of the symptoms of bipolar depression include
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Losing interest in things and activities you once enjoyed
- Being overcome by feelings of guilt, failure, and hopelessness
- Becoming sad and unable to concentrate, remember things, or even make simple decisions
- Experiencing physiological changes like differences in appetite or weight, energy levels, and sleep schedules
- Possibly thinking about death or suicide, in extreme cases
Bipolar depression can be treated effectively—with medications, lifestyle changes, and therapy. Treatment options may help limit the impact bipolar depression has on your life, your family, and your friends. Some treatment options may also help prevent depressive episodes from recurring or becoming more severe.
Bipolar disorder can run in families. It usually starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. If you think you may have it, tell your health care provider. A medical checkup can rule out other illnesses that might cause your mood changes. Untreated, bipolar disorder can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. However, there are effective treatments: medicines and “talk therapy”. A combination usually works best.
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