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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