Despite the many stereotypes surrounding mental illnesses such as depression and personality disorders, the reality is that many are very hard to spot and diagnose.
Bipolar disorder – also known as manic depression – is particularly difficult to pinpoint, especially as the disorder varies in severity and like most mental illnesses, there is no specific cause.
Currently around one in every 100 people are thought to have bipolar, but the real number could be much higher.
So if you’re friend or loved one has severe mood problems, they may be experiencing symptoms of bipolar. Here is what to look out for if you are concerned:
Extreme mood changes
A key characteristic of bipolar disorder is up and down episodes of mania and depression. These entail dramatic changes in how a person thinks and behaves which can last for weeks or even months.
While mania refers to a phase of high energy and optimism – as...