Bipolar disorder is often characterized by unpredictable mood swings, but the illness is more complex than that. It has a spectrum of symptoms and varying types that range from mild to severe.
Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
The most characteristic symptom of bipolar disorder is the dramatic mood swing from mania to depression.
Patients with bipolar disorder exhibit symptoms of depression that include anxiety, sadness, irritability, incessant crying, loss of energy, increased sleepiness, inability to make decisions, change in appetite and thoughts of suicide or death.
This may be followed by episodes of mania that include overexcitement, excessive happiness, irritability, increased energy, high sex drive, decreased need