Everyone has changes in their mood. Everything from your life circumstances to hormone levels and the amount of sleep you get can affect your mood day to day. But bipolar disorder is more than just shifting moods.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that causes extreme fluctuations in mood. The disorder is fairly common. According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental health, about 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder.
People with bipolar may cycle through moods quickly and go from feeling overly excited to extremely depressed. The extreme shifts in mood can affect all areas of a person’s life.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder seem to start at an early age. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder start experiencing symptoms before the age of 25. The reason someone develops bipolar disorder is not fully understood, but there does appear to be a genetic connection.
If left untreated, bipolar disorder can lead to complications including relationship issues, inability to keep a job, legal and financial problems and even suicide.
There are different types of bipolar disorder. For instance, some people tend to experience more manic episodes while other suffer primarily from depressed mood with only occasional bouts of mania. For each type of the disorder, symptoms may vary. Some signs may be obvious while others are a bit more subtle. Some common signs of bipolar disorder include the following:
1. Feeling Overly Joyful
It may seem unusual that extreme joy is considered a sign of bipolar disorder. But feeling overly euphoric is a sign of mania, which occurs with bipolar disorder. Mania may involve feeling overly joyful or excited without a specific reason. For instance, it’s normal to feel overjoyed during certain life events, such as the birth of a child or winning the lottery. But people who experience mania are overly excited for no apparent reason. Feeling overly excited may lead someone with bipolar disorder to take on multiple projects and make all kinds of plans even before they finish one thing. In fact, it’s common for someone experiencing mania to be unable to complete a task.