Bipolar Manic Symptoms

2013 Bipolar Update

Bipolar Manic Symptoms

There are two sides to bipolar disorder and being able to spot bipolar manic symptoms as well as depression symptoms, separately or in combination, can go a long way into ensuring the early diagnosis of any condition. For this reason, it is very important to be familiar with exactly what these symptoms are and how one can differentiate them from ordinary behavioral quirks. In this post, we will focus on looking into the mania side of bipolar disorders to provide a better picture of mania symptoms as a sign of something much more serious lurking beneath.

Mania, as far as official medical definition is concerned, refers to a heightened state where there is a perceived excessiveness of energy. Oftentimes, people mistake mania to be the “happy phase” deriving this from the impression that since depression means sadness, then mania must be the opposite. This is actually a false interpretation of the condition. It does not necessarily follow that a patient with mania symptoms is happy. In fact, patients with mania symptoms can be just as sad as patients in a depressed state.

Simply put, bipolar manic symptoms should not be anchored on feelings of happiness; rather, it is more accurate to assess if a patient in a state that seems unnaturally happy and if they are doing things that they would not ordinarily do. Here are the most common manifestations of mania that family members should learn to spot in a patient diagnosed with, or suspected of having a bipolar disorder.

Irritability. An excess in energy oftentimes leads to irritability as patients are not able to efficiently channel all that excess energy away.

Sleeplessness. Lack of sleep can also be a sign of mania. People with so much energy in them are less likely to drift into a state of relaxation as in the kind brought by sleep. Instead, they are more likely to remain awake late into the night.

Rapid talk or stuttering. A common way for patients to try to expend the excess energy is to talk about their feelings so they can “unload” it. However, in most cases, it is likely that the brain cycles through a ton of information all at once. As a result, the patient tends to talk very fast to try and cope up with the flow of information. This leads to rapid talking or stuttering and is a hallmark symptom of bipolar disorder in the mania phase.

Hallucinations. These delusions are borne from the same set of processes that give rise to rapid talking but happen because the patient handles the stimulus in a different way. Bipolar manic symptoms with hallucinations indicate that the information flow is processed differently, leading to confusing thoughts and patients imagining situations leading to delusions. However, it should be noted that hallucinations only manifest in severe cases and are typically absent in low-level mania.

Recklessness and impaired judgment. This arises from the fact that the energy forces patients to act in order to discharge it. As a result, patients are less likely to evaluate the consequences of their actions instead opting to just act it out in the hopes that when they do, the energy is expended and they can revert to a more relaxed state.

Spotting bipolar manic symptoms may take a while to master. If you observe two or more of these symptoms manifesting, consult a medical professional as they can more easily diagnose bipolar disorder signs. This is the soundest approach towards ensuring an early correction of the condition while making sure that it is treated in a timely and correct manner.