Bipolar Disorder was orginally called Manic-Depression and both mania & depression must be present in a patient's history for a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder:
1) Mania - Some or all of the following symptoms are present for at least One Week.
*Heightened mood and exaggerated optimism & self-confidence
*Decreased need for sleep without fatigue
*Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
*Excessive irritability, agressive behavior
*Increased physical and mental activity
*Rapid, pressured speech, flight of ideas from one topic to another, distractibility
*Poor judgement, impulsiveness
*Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, erratic driving, sexual indiscretions.
2) Depression - Five or more of the following symptoms lasting for at least two weeks and making it difficult to function.
* Depressed mood most of the day or markedly diminished interest or pleasurein all or almost all activities for most of the day
*Significan change in appetite or sleep patterns
*Loss of enjoyent or pleasure in usual activites
*Loss of motivation
*Loss of energy, persistant lethargy
*Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
*Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
*Slowing of speech, thought and body movement
*Physical agitation and restlessness
*Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
A person with Biplar Disorder (Type I) will experience both manic AND depressive periods, but those periods are usually separated by periods of basic normal moods.
There are several subtypes for Bipolar Disorder and the symptoms listed above will be present but in a milder form.
You're doing a wonderful thing for yourself to be concerned about your behavior. Now it's a doctors turn to actually diagnose you.
There is no self-medication or natural remedies for Bipolar Disorder so you DO need to see a doctor to see if you have it.
Bipolar Disorder is chemical imbalance in the brain and it takes chemicals (Rx) to balance things out again...
Let us know how you're doing, but get going on that doctor!!
[This message has been edited by HoosierBj (edited 09-23-2003).]