Bipolar disorder as a mental illness is marked by extreme mood swings from very high highs to extreme low, and vice versa. Highs are periods of mania where one is extremely excited, while lows are periods of depression.
Symptoms tend to appear in a person’s late teens or early adult years, but they can occur in children as well. Women are more likely to receive bipolar diagnoses than men.
The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder vary depending on the condition and are generally divided into those for mania, and those for depression.
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the following signs have been established during the two episodes of bipolar:
Mania phase signs.