what it says up^
Bipolor disorder is a mood disorder. There are extremes of mood, periods of mania and depression
Mania is characterized by an abnormally elevated or irritable mood (must last atleast 1 week), and three or more of the following symptoms
1) inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
2) decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep)
3) more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
4) flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing
5) distractibility (I.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli)
6) increase in goal-directed activity (at work, at school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation
7) excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
Depression is low mood (atleast 2 weeks) with 5 or more of the following symptoms
) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.
2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others)
3) significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains.
4) insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
5) psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)
6) fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
7) feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)
8) diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others)
9) recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide
Bipolar is always complicated, and if it was simply periods of excitability and sadness which did not affect a person's functioning, it would not be called bipolar...
Bipolar? Its a mental disease where you have 2 extreme ends of a personality. Like you have reall great days where your super happy and nothing can bring you down and then *snap* you are seriously depressed and nothing you can do is right... Etc. Its what it sounds like bi- meaning 2 and polar- think of the 2 opposite ends of the earth. Its something that can be treated with medication- prescribed by a licensed doctor- it doesn't have to be a psychologist. If you think you may have this disorder talk to your doctor. If you don't and its left untreated- it can make you do some crazy extreme things. It is an imbalance in your brain, so its important to get treated!
sorta like having 2 sides of urself. randomly come out. like say your mom is nice for like 10 min then she randomly becomes all mad and raged. shes bypolar. =P