9 Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder in Seniors

Bipolar Disorder
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A short description of Bipolar Disorder

Before listing the 9 symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, we need to understand what this illness truly means. There are two types of Bipolar Disorder, both of which are quite serious. The first type of this mental disorder is characterized by fluctuations between manic states and intense episodes of depression.

The second type of Bipolar Disorder is characterized by fluctuations between hypomania and chronic depression. Although hypomania has similar symptoms to mania, they are of lesser intensity and shorter duration. Hypomania is still a milder symptom, and the problems associated with it can be resolved more easily.

Both types of Bipolar Disorder share the main factor of intense emotional instability, which leads to challenging management of daily activities. If left untreated, the disease can make emotional regulation difficult.

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11 Responses

  1. please do not scare people and put fear and paranoia in their mind and eventually they get it. instead please give preventive measures. all the people are trained in 12 step you can prevent and also can be used as a treatment

    1. You can’t get something just by reading about it. You’re like the people that think that kids are going to become gay if they learn about homosexuality. You are the dangerous one, not information.

  2. Most symptoms addressed in this article are symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); impatience, intense emotions, lack of self-regulation, distractibility, inability to focus, disorganization, restlessness, difficulty sleeping and rapid speech. Often people with ADHD also experience depression and or anxiety. ADHD symptoms may change over time but often carry into adulthood and are not episodes. ADHD is a persistent illness. Someone with ADHD and depression could and often are misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    With bipolar disorder (I or II) the depressive episodes are at least two weeks and can be alone or mixed with manic or hypomanic episodes, but it is not necessarily one or the other. To have one episode of depression or manic in a year or more can be considered bipolar disorder. A rapid cycler has 4 or more manic episodes in one year. The depression is episodes, not chronic.

  3. What happens when some of us feel like we should be tested for this but the professionals don’t believe us and come up with a different conclusion? Do things have to be extreme or dangerous before we are taken seriously? Just asking.

  4. I have never be diagnosed bipolar , just chronic depression and generalized anxiety.( but no one can say I am) .
    Reading your post , I think people shouldn’t be caged in one classification and we should analyze customs, culture and the way we were thought to live . Example,, in my house I hate to see the kitchen and the bathroom dirty so I try to educate people living with me how to maintain cleaning . Is that mania ? I do not think so. On the other hand there are things that I pass them on and I can stand. We tend to confuse ways of living and likes and dislikes with “ names” ( bipolar etc etc ). . If we say that some behaviors are a result of MANIA, BIPOLAR etc . Then we should say that all people are Bipolar. Thanks .

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