Sunday, March 11, 2012
BIPOLAR 1 SYMPTOMS
Research has shown that bipolar 1 symptoms during the manic phase are usually much stronger than those seen in Type 2 patients. While this can help a medical expert in correctly diagnosing the condition, it also means the patient suffers from greater risk of self-destructive behavior during both phases of the condition.
Manic phase of bipolar 1 symptoms
During the manic phase, patients suffer from very severe changes to their normal mindset. In many cases, this includes hallucinations or delusions, with more serious cases being at risk of developing psychosis. As you can imagine, these types of changes are very disruptive to both professional and social lives and the patient is often unable to function normally. Some of the other bipolar 2 symptoms in the manic phase include:
* A decreased need for sleep, even when the patient should be resting. In most cases, the patient feels an unexplained level of energy or restlessness.
* An increase in risky behavior caused by inability to realistically assess risk. This can manifest itself as alcohol or substance abuse, unsafe sex, gambling, or reckless spending.
* Unreasonable levels of self-confidence and positive self-image, which can lead to delusions of self-grandeur.
* Inability to concentrate on single thoughts, with the patient constantly switching from one idea to the next. The patient’s may even speak too rapidly to be understood, making it difficult to communicate with others.
Due to the severe nature of Type 1 bipolar disorder, it is essential that every patient receive professional help and guidance. In many cases, medication can be used to reduce the severity of the symptoms, allowing the patient to adjust to a near-normal lifestyle. It is also important that friends and family provide understanding and support to anyone suffering from bipolar 1 symptoms.