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Signs that you or a loved one may be suffering from manic depression

21 Nov

Check off any symptoms you’ve noticed for a week or longer in yourself or the person you’re concerned about. Focus on symptoms that are present almost every day during most of the day.  

  • I feel extremely elated, uninhibited, or irritable.
  • I have ideas or plans that will have a big impact on myself or on others.
  • I have a continuous stream of thoughts racing through my brain.
  • I am sleeping far less than I normally do.
  • I am talking far more than I normally do.
  • I feel quite distracted and find it hard to focus.
  • I am energetically pursuing my goals, or I feel agitated and unable to sit still.

I am actively pursuing pleasures that may have negative consequences, such as buying whatever I want or entering into sexual liaisons or business schemes.

Scoring Key

Manic episode. Checking off four statements on the manic episode checklist, including the first statement, suggests possible bipolar disorder. Note that hypomanic symptoms (milder manic symptoms) may last for as little as four days, not a full week or longer.

Experts judge the severity of depression by assessing the number of symptoms and the degree to which they impair your life.

Mild: You have some symptoms and find it takes more effort than usual to accomplish what you need to do.

Moderate: You have many symptoms and find they often keep you from accomplishing what you need to do.

Severe: You have nearly all the symptoms and find they almost always keep you from accomplishing daily tasks.

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