"Chalking it up to moodiness or trouble at work or tiredness is pretty common," says Carrie Bearden, Ph D, associate professor in residence of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology, at the David Geffen School of Medical at UCLA."The disorder varies in severity." Here are 10 signs that mood problems may be due to more than a quirky or difficult personality. Great mood Bipolar disorder is characterized by up-and-down episodes of mania and depression.Looking back on it now, it was a direct manipulation and it worked, because I showed up at his door that evening. I wish I had done my research prior to my involvement with him instead of learning as I went along and although I know not all bipolarâs are the same I would like to post the warning signs I ignored and say that if anyone here is considering getting involved with someone with this illness be prepared to face a lifetime of pain. Very little french kissing or touching in general, but otherwise acted very sexual. 4.) wrote me an e-mail of things he expected of me and from the relationship early on including marriage and children. 5.) told me he âloved meâ after our 5th date 6.) clearly by now he is in a full manic stage.I have yet to meet someone in person or on line that has a healthy relationship with someone with this illness. He brought me down to such a state of depression that I myself had to take medication several months after our breakup for depression. Everything was euphoric, he was taking me on the ride with him 7.) did or made inappropriate sexual comments, grabbing my crotch in public, saying or asking inappropriate things 8.) wanted to know how far I have gone sexually, i. Threesomes, etc 9.) talked about sex all the time, but when it came right down to it, he used it as a way to control me, saying this such as âa good way not to get me to sleep with you is by asking me to.â 10.) sex the first time was horrible and many times thereafter.They will also sometimes jump around to different topics."What's kind of a red flag is when it is atypical for the person to talk like this," doing it only when they are in manic cycle but not at other times, she says. Trouble at work People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty in the workplace because so many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, do their job, and interact productively with others.
D., the director of the Center for Behavioral Health and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Depression A person who is in a bipolar depressive state is going to look just like someone who has regular depression.
When it comes to mental illness, there are plenty of stereotypes.
But in reality, mood disorders can be hard to pinpoint--particularly in people with bipolar disorder symptoms.
During a manic phase, some patients can have a total break from reality.
But hypomania, which is also a symptom of the disorder, is a high-energy state in which a person feels exuberant but hasn't lost his or her grip on reality.