Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme highs (mania) and lows (depression) in mood and energy. When depression occurs, you may feel hopeless, sad and lose interest or pleasure in most activities you once enjoyed. In the manic state you may feel full of energy, euphoric or unusually irritable. Your activity, energy, judgement, the ability to think clearly, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts and poor decision making. During the low’s you may feel, depressed mood, sad, weight gain, weight loss without dieting, feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.
Despite the mood extremes, people with bipolar disorder often don’t recognize how much their emotional instability disrupts their lives and the lives of their loved ones and don’t get the treatment they need. Bipolar disorder doesn’t get better on its own. Getting treatment from a mental health professional with experience in bipolar disorder can help you get your symptoms under control.