What are behavioral changes in people with bipolar disorder?

What are behavioral changes in people with bipolar disorder?

Below are behavioral changes in people with bipolar disorder.

Mania or a manic episode:
  • Easily distracted
  • Rapid speech, racing thoughts
  • Increasing goal-directed activities, such as taking on new projects
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities
  • Behaving impulsively and engaging in high risk behaviors such as spending sprees or impulsive sexual activity
Depression or a depressive episode:
  • Feeling tired or "slowed down"
  • Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Being restless or irritable
  • Change in eating, sleeping or other habits
  • Thinking of death or suicide, or attempting suicide (Thoughts of suicide can occur in manic, depressive and mixed state episodes.)

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To manage your bipolar disorder on a daily basis, it is essential that your keep your therapy appointments and take your medications as prescribed. If you experience side effects that you find intolerable, discuss them with your d...

octor. It’s also important to live a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, plenty of sleep and a nutritious diet to avoid other health risks associated with bipolar. Take steps to reduce stress and surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can intervene during manic episodes. When it’s well treated, bipolar disorder should not prevent you from having an enjoyable and successful life.
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