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A person with bipolar disorder will experience different symptoms depending on whether he or she is in a manic phase or a depressed phase. In some rare cases, manic and depressed symptoms occur simultaneously. They can appear in quick succession in people with bipolar I disorder. This is called a mixed episode. Symptoms associated with the different aspects of bipolar include:
A manic phase may last from days to months and is marked by elevated mood and poor impulse control. An individual might:
One of the most dangerous symptoms of mania is the practice of reckless behavior. This might include, for example:
A depression phase is characterized by:
In bipolar disorder, suicide is a significant risk. Suicidal thoughts and attempts are more likely to happen during the depressed state. Other forms of self-harm such as cutting and self-mutilation also occur with bipolar disorder.
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Jul 24, 2014
Medically reviewed on: Jul 24, 2014: Kenneth R. Hirsch, MD
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