Warning Signs of Mania
With bipolar disorder, there is a clear distinction between a full-blown manic episode and a depressive episode. This is helpful so you can recognize the signs and put systems into place to help you before they begin.
Read on to learn more about the warning signs of mania, or watch the video above.
You could have an inflated self-esteem or grandiosity. You may think you are super important and feel overly confident.
Lack of Sleep
You could also have a decreased need for sleep — you’d feel rested after only a few hours of sleep.
Racing Words and Thoughts
When mania is coming on, you may be more talkative than usual and feel a pressure to keep talking. You may also feel like your thoughts are racing.
Racing Thoughts and Lack of Focus
You could feel like your thoughts are racing and find yourself very distracted. You may also have increased goal-direct activity — you’d have a lot of different goals and feel like you have to work on them now.
Finally, you may have increased involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for a painful or embarrassing outcome. For example, you could have unrestrained buying sprees, or make foolish business investments.
- Are Support Groups for Bipolar Disorder Helpful?
Bipolar support groups are small gatherings of people who meet regularly to discuss common problems while providing support and offering solutions.
- Understanding the Different Types of Bipolar Disorder
Many people think bipolar is a single illness, but there are actually several different types of bipolar disorder, which manifest in different ways.
- How Do You Treat Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder treatment may begin with medication, therapy, and some simple lifestyle changes to help prevent future episodes from occurring.
- Helping Others to Understand Bipolar
In relation to understanding bipolar disorder, this is one of my favourite phrases: “Every time we understand the game, the rules change.”