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What Is Bipolar Disorder?


What Is Bipolar Disorder?  Do you or a loved one suffer from bipolar disorder?  Are you interested in knowing what the highs and lows of bipolar disorder are?  According to, this article will describe what bipolar disorder is and what the highs and lows of bipolar disorder are.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

According to, bipolar disorder is defined by changes in mood or mood shifts.  According to, these changes in mood can be distinguished between “extreme energy to deep despair.”  It is important to note that these changes in mood can cause impairments in a person’s normal daily activities.  According to, the changes in mood may range from “sadness to irritability or restlessness.”

What Are The Symptoms Of Mania-The Highs Of Bipolar Disorder

According to, the following represent the symptoms of mania or the highs of bipolar disorder:

Decreased Need For Sleep Without Experiencing Fatigue

According to, decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue is one symptom of mania or the highs of bipolar disorder.  This is visible when someone needs little sleep during the night.  For instance, they may only need 3 to 4 hours of sleep per night and be wide awake.  However, after an extended period of time of little to no sleep, they suddenly crash. This is one symptom of mania.

Racing Speech, Racing Thoughts, Flight of Ideas

In addition to decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue, according to, another symptom of mania is racing speech, racing thoughts, and flight of ideas.  This is very visible in anxiety and rumination individuals with bipolar disorder.

What Are The Symptoms Of Depression-The Lows Of Bipolar Disorder?

Significant Changes In Appetite

According to, significant changes in appetite is a symptom of depression or a low of bipolar disorder.  This is evident when someone with bipolar disorder loses a lot of weight or may event gain a lot of weight.

Loss Of Energy

According to, loss of energy is another symptom of depression or the lows of bipolar disorder.  This is noticeable when someone does not get out of bed or sleeps all day.


To end this article, a definition of bipolar disorder has been provided.  In addition, the symptoms of mania-the highs of bipolar disorder have been mentioned.  On an even further note, the symptoms of depression-the lows of bipolar bipolar disorder have also been mentioned in this article.



What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Is Bipolar Disorder?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2020, from


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