1. Changes in Mood
People with Bipolar 1 disorder experience extreme shifts in their moods, including periods of mania and depression.
2. Increased Energy or Agitation
People may experience increased energy or extreme agitation during a manic episode, resulting in difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
3. Impulsive Behavior
During a manic episode, people may act impulsively without thinking about the consequences of their actions. This can include spending sprees, reckless driving, and risky sexual behaviors.
4. Delusions or Hallucinations
During a manic episode, people may have delusions of grandeur such as believing they are a famous person or have special powers, or they may experience hallucinations such as hearing voices that no one else can hear.
5. Difficulty Concentrating
People may experience difficulty focusing or paying attention during a manic episode, which can lead to poor academic and work performance.
6. Poor Judgment
People with Bipolar 1 disorder may make bad decisions during a manic episode due to impaired judgment, such as taking unnecessary risks or engaging in risky behaviors.
People may feel extreme fatigue or exhaustion during a depressive episode, making it difficult to complete everyday activities.
8. Changes in Appetite
People may experience changes in their appetite during both manic and depressive episodes, such as overeating or not wanting to eat at all.
9. Suicidal Thoughts
During a depressive episode, people may experience suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.