Revealing Information on Bipolar Disorder Symptoms and The Risk of Suicide

Many Americans suffer from bipolar disorder symptoms which in some cases can lead to the major risk factor of suicide. People who have a high number of depressive episodes, mixed episodes, a history of alcohol or drug abuse, a family history of suicide, or an early onset of bipolar disorder are more likely to attempt suicide.

In fact, people suffering from bipolar disorder symptoms are most likely to attempt suicide than those suffering from regular depression. People who have bipolar disorder tend to have more lethal suicide attempts than those suffering from depression.

Another name for bipolar disorder is manic-depression. Bipolar disorder is thought to be less common than other depressive disorders. People with bipolar disorder have severe highs (mania) and lows (depression). Their mood swings are dramatic and rapid, but most times more gradual. A person can have all or some of the symptoms when in a depressed stage.

Warning signs of bipolar depression episode include:

  • Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty
  • Excessive crying
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Physical and mental sluggishness
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Warning signs of a bipolar manic episodes include:

  • Inappropriate sense of euphoria (elation)
  • Racing thoughts; talking too much
  • Extreme irritability
  • Reckless behavior
  • Abnormal sleep
  • Excessive energy
  • Out of control spending
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Abnormally increased activity, including sexual activity
  • Poor judgment
  • Aggressive behavior

If you or someone you know suffer from or display any of these symptoms, consult a physician for the most accurate diagnosis on mental health.

Now that you know how to identify bipolar disorder symptoms, here are warning signs of a person contemplating suicide:

  • Talking about death, self-harm, or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feeling worthless or like a burden to others
  • Putting affairs in order or saying goodbye
  • Acting recklessly, as if one has a “death wish”
  • Seeking out weapons or pills that could be used to commit suicide

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately. You can call a doctor, a suicide hotline, or your local hospital. If you believe that a suicide attempt is imminent, call 911 immediately and stay with the person until help arrives.

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