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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is bipolar disorder?

A psychological disorder characterized by extreme mood swings. The exact cause is unclear, though genetic and environmental factors play a role.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

  • Decrease in ambition and motivation

  • Concentration is getting worse

  • More restless than usual affecting speech and actions

  • Before becoming depressed, had an episode of high mood where sleep was unnecessary

  • Feeling less need for sleep

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling down

  • An uplifting or exhilarating feeling that lasts more than a few days

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bipolar disorder

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose bipolar disorder

  • Do you feel you have less ambition, motivation or willpower lately?

  • Do you feel you have problems concentrating recently?

  • Do you feel more restless than usual and this affects the way you move or speak?

  • Before your mood dropped drastically, was there a period where you could perform well despite no/minimal sleep?

  • Do you feel fine even if you don't sleep at night?

Treatment for bipolar disorder

Regular medication and therapy is important and effective. In severe cases, hospitalisation may be needed to prevent the patient from harming themselves or others during their extreme mood swings. Such cases may also benefit from having a procedure where electricity is passed through the brain.

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