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Bipolar depressive mood changes are intense, sad, and hopeless feelings that last almost all day for two or three weeks, or even longer. They can zap your energy, causing you to feel tired. You may sleep or lie in bed for extended periods. You may become forgetful and lose interest in activities you once enjoyed. Being “down” (as in rock bottom down, not just sad about a bad grade or a breakup) may also cause you to worry a lot and keep you from sleeping.
The changes that occur with bipolar depression are, in most regards, very similar to the changes that occur in depression in general. Key features include depressed mood, lack of energy, motivation and drive, sleep and appetite changes, guilt and slowing of thoughts and movements.
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