One of my drs told me it used to be called manic depression and today they call it bipolar, but I believe it is the same thing. The symptoms vary and I know there are huge lists of them everywhere on the internet. Good luck!
Bi-Polar disorder and Manic Depression are the same illness. I have had it for 10 years. There are many different symptoms:
Lack of sleep
feeling "High" or a sense of well being
Reckless behavior, such as spending too much money, sexual behavior.
some people, including myself have psychotic symptoms, which include being paranoid, hearing someone call your name, seeing things move.
There are many symptoms of Bi-polar disorder. I have found that right before I become Manic, I am irritable. I hope you find the answers you are looking for and I wish you the best of luck in your search.........
I have seen many things BUT the most terrible thing I have ever seen was the lack of compassion for another.....................Kahlia
Here's the best list of symptom that I've found:
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder differs significantly from clinical depression, although the symptoms for the depressive phase of the illness are similar. Most people who have bipolar disorder talk about experiencing "highs" and "lows" Ė the highs are periods of mania, the lows periods of depression. These swings can be severe, ranging from extreme energy to deep despair. The severity of the mood swings and the way they disrupt normal life activities distinguish bipolar mood episodes from ordinary mood changes.
Symptoms of mania - the "highs" of bipolar disorder
Increased physical and mental activity and energy
Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
Impulsiveness, poor judgment, distractibility
In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinations
Symptoms of depression - the "lows" of bipolar disorder
Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
Unexplained aches and pains
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
If you want a list of the different types of bp just post a thread and I'll get them for you.