Has your loved one been acting different lately?  Is their behavior more down than usual?  Then you might be interested in knowing the top 12 symptoms of a bipolar depressive episode.

 

If you suspect that your loved one may be experiencing a bipolar depressive episode, then see if they are acting in any or all of the following ways:

 

  • Being more tired and less energy
  • Having more aches and pains than usual
  • Not as interested in activities they used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends and family and wanting to be alone
  • Having poor concentration
  • Less interested in sex
  • Experiencing extreme sadness and depression
  • Wanting to sleep more
  • Having crying spells
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Having accidents that involve injury (these may be signs of suicide attempts)
  • Talking about death or dying

 

We all have “blue” times, bad moods, or periods where we are mildly depressed. 

 

However, if your loved one has more than 4 or 5 of the above symptoms, and these symptoms continue for several weeks, they may be in (or going into) a bipolar depressive episode.

 

If this is the case, your loved one may need more help than you can provide.  Try to get them to see a professional as soon as you can.