Introduction

In my previous article, I mentioned three types symptoms of a manic episode in bipolar patients.  In this article, I will describe three symptoms of a depressive episode in bipolar patients.  Continue reading this article to find out.

Feeling Very “Down” Or Sad

On the basis of www1.nyc.gov, the first symptom of a depressive episode in bipolar patients is feeling very “down” or sad.  This can be evident when a patient sleeps all day and has difficulty getting out of bed.  In addition, he or she may stay in his or her pajamas, de-compensate, skip meals, and neglect to shower.  These are symptoms of depression.

Having Trouble Concentrating

In addition to feeling very “down” or sad, according to www1.nyc.gov, the second symptom of depression is having trouble concentrating.  This can be evident at home, work, or school.  For instance, at home, someone could experience cleaning the house and doing the dishes.  At work, someone could have difficulty completing office tasks and returning phone calls.  At school, someone could have difficulty doing well with homework assignments and test grades.  It can be evident in a lot of different areas of one’s life.

Thinking About Death Or Suicide

In addition to feeling very “down” or sad and having trouble concentrating, according to www1.nyc.gov, another symptom of depression in bipolar patients is thinking about death or suicide.  This is a serious symptom in bipolar patients.  On a serious note, this deems hospital admission.  On an even further note, this is particularly evident in a hospital admission.  It is particularly important to assess for suicide when you as a clinician are performing an intake, especially if the patient is depressed.  It is also especially important to ask if he or she has a plan to commit suicide.

Conclusion

In my previous article, I mentioned three symptoms associated with a manic episode in bipolar patients.  In this article, I mentioned three symptoms associated with the lows of depression in bipolar patients.  They include but are not limited to: feeling very “down” or sad, having trouble concentrating, in addition to thinking about death or suicide.  The highs and lows of bipolar disorder are quite distinguishable from one another and quite easy to distinguish from one another.  This article has noted the lows of depression in bipolar patients.  As noted in this article, one of the symptoms of depression is suicide.  Always ask if your patient has a plan.  This is very important.