Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder I

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Bipolar disorder I has extreme highs (mania) and extreme lows (depression)


  • delusions of grandeur
  • risky behavior
  • talking rapidly
  • talking non-stop,
  •  talking about unrealistic things
  •  feeling that you are unstoppable, oftentimes
  • irritability
  • need to sleep less
  • racing thoughts
  • can’t concentrate
  • change in appetite
  • increase in activity
  • sometimes hallucinations
  • reckless behaviour
  • hypersexuality
  • more creative
  • unusual focus on religion
  • spending money excessively
  • inappropriate humor
  • europhia


  • extreme sadness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • change in appetite
  • unmotivated
  • difficulty concentrating
  • fatigue
  • decreased energy
  • feeling empty
  • feeling irritable
  • hopeless
  • anxious
  • feeling guilty
  • insomnia
  • aches and pains
  • sleep change-usually too much
  • loss of sex drive
  • thoughts of death
  • agitation
  • thinking dark thoughts
  • restless

You do not need to exhibit all of these to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder I.  However, most people with severe illness do experience most of them from time to time.

When you have bipolar disorder and cycle rapidly, it can be very discouraging to say the least.

However, there is hope out there. Therapy and medication are two examples of things that can help.





About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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1 Response to Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder I

  1. Mr. Bipolar says:

    I dont think I have ever hit a full blown mania but I do think I definitely live with hypomania at a minimum. So much to consider and learn about…

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