Bi-Polar

Being bi-polar involves experiencing significant swings in your mood and can be associated with other symptoms described here.

Some of these mood variations include feeling abnormally euphoric or even high, feeling expansive and showing indiscriminate enthusiasm for interpersonal and sexual interactions. In contrast your mood might change either predictably or randomly to flat or depressed.

The combination of three of the following symptoms together with a depressive episode(s) could suggest the presence of a bi-polar condition:

• significant changes of mood which continue for longer than a week.
• being unusually happy or unusually irritable
• having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance, talent, invincibility, knowledge
• expansiveness or enthusiasm for everyone without discrimination
• uncontrollable pursuit of pleasurable activities such as buying sprees
• making business investments, with insufficient funds to pay for them or insufficient thought as to their success,
• unusually indiscriminate sexual activity
• a diminished need for sleep
• speech is pressured, is loud and rapid and may be difficult to understand.
• thoughts and ideas might race through your mind
• distractions might be difficult to keep out of your mind
• increase in goal directed activities: excessive planning and excessive multi-tasking.

Being bi-polar can put you and those around you at risk in a number of significant ways. Your safety may be at risk because of the potential consequences of your activities which may affect your health, your financial situation or your job.

If these symptoms sound familiar, you may want to talk to a trained psychotherapist about being bi-polar and how you manage it.