Your loved one's behavior may be different than it usually is, and you may be questioning why.  They may act as if driven by a motor, with more energy than usual, and/or talk excessively and interrupt your sentences.  If these are some of the behaviors that you have noticed, then you might want to know the top 12 symptoms of a bipolar manic episode.

 

If you think that your loved one may be experiencing a bipolar manic episode, then ask yourself if they are doing the following things:

 

  • Having more physical and mental energy and activity
  • Being in a much happier mood, with much more positive thinking than usual
  • Having too much self-confidence
  • Wanting to sleep less than usual
  • Having brand-new thoughts and plans (that they usually don't complete)
  • Feeling like they're more important than they are, maybe even conceited
  • Talking too fast and too much, going quickly from one thought to another (unable to “turn off” their brain); being distracted easily
  • Being impulsive; making bad decisions and poor choices
  • Sometimes being angry, raging, or acting abusive or violent, hurting you or themselves
  • Reckless behavior (binge eating, excessive spending, risky sex, compulsive gambling, fast driving, etc.)
  • Delusions (false beliefs or believing things that others don’t believe)
  • Hallucinations (seeing things that aren't there or hearing voices in their head) or paranoia

 

We all have times when we are in a “good mood.”   Sometimes we may even stay up late, or exhibit some of the above symptoms once in a while.

 

However, if you have noticed more than 4 or 5 of the above symptoms and they have persisted for more than two weeks, then your loved one may be in (or going into) a bipolar manic episode. 

 

If this is the case, then your loved one needs more help than you can offer them.  Please get them to seek professional help as soon as possible