It’s normal to feel a full rang of emotions - sometimes we’re sad or euphoric or irritable given the circumstances we face day-to-day. But if you find yourself persistently stuck in any given emotional state, or if the emotion you feel doesn’t seem to match the circumstances you’re facing, you might be one of the millions of Americans with a Mood Disorder.
Sometimes called Manic Depression, Bipolar Disorder is a Mood Disorder characterized by unusual shifts in emotional state, usually including periods of extreme sadness and extreme happiness. Bipolar Disorder can affect a person’s activity level and interfere with their ability to carry out daily tasks. Common symptoms include:
- Feeling extremely “up” or “high”
- Feeling jumpy
- Having increased activity levels
- Feeling touchy or irritable
- Change in appetite
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling despondent
- Worrying excessively
It’s perfectly normal to feel sad or irritable from time to time. For some people, that sadness or irritability persists and interferes with daily life, which may be symptomatic of a Major Depressive Disorder. Common symptoms include:
- Some symptoms may include:
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Feeling irritable or anxious
- Having decreased energy
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling restless
- Appetite change
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If you or your loved one have experienced any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable clinicians are here to help personalize a treatment plan for you.
For information on other types of Mood Disorders, please click here.
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