Recent studies have shown that bipolar disorder is more common than previously thought. Unfortunately, diagnosis of a bipolar disorder is often missed and individuals can go for years, unaware of their disorder. Some common signs of a bipolar disorder are mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, intense anxiety, apathy, euphoria, apprehension and loss of interest or pleasure in much loved activities.
The behavioral signs can range from rapid speech, risk taking, disorganized behavior, agitation, crying, an overactive sex drive, hyperactivity, aggression and more. Cognitive symptoms are overactive or obsessive thoughts, an inability to concentrate, delusions and a false sense of superiority, while the psychological signs are depression, manic-episodes, agitated depression or paranoia.
Those struggling with a bipolar disorder can also experience insomnia or have long periods of excessive sleepiness. Many times, when these signs are present, individuals tend to chalk it up as stress or a long day at work. When the symptoms go untreated for a long period of time, it is common for an individual to begin using drugs and Alcohol to alleviate the pain of these symptoms. Unfortunately, drugs and Alcohol only further complicate and hinder proper treatment.