What are the symptoms of bipolar mood disorder?
Mania Common symptoms include varying degrees of the following: • Elevated mood – the person feels extremely high, happy and full of energy. The experience is often described as feeling on top of the world and being invincible. • Increased energy and over -activity. • Reduced need for sleep. • Irritability – the person may get angry and irritable with people who disagree or dismiss their sometimes unrealistic plans or ideas. • Rapid thinking and speech -thoughts are more rapid than usual. This can lead to the person speaking quickly and jumping from subject to subject. • Lack of inhibitions – this can be the result of the person’s reduced ability to foresee the consequences of their actions. For example, spending large amounts of money, buying items which are not really needed. • Grandiose plans and beliefs – it is common for people experiencing mania to believe they are unusually talented or gifted or are kings, film stars or prime ministers, for example. It is common for religious be