One of the most important and obvious bipolar symptoms is alternating occurrences of depression or mania. The symptoms of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, sometimes can be hard to recognize as they can masquerade as a regular health problem or any other mental problem. Bipolar symptoms range from mild mood swings to hypomania and eventually, to a severe state referred to as a manic depressive disorder. Without treatment and attention, these symptoms do get worse and as a result, the patient suffers severe mood swings and sometimes, extreme manic depression. In Bipolar Type 2, also known as the hypomania stage, the patient exhibits high energy levels, irritability, impulsive behavior and excessive mood swings. The person experiencing these symptoms feels perfectly normal and often does not admit to being mentally unwell even though it is quite obvious and affects those around him. The patient seems to be in a usually good mood and feels euphoric even though he is in touch with reality and makes productive decisions. Hypomania can result in poor decision making, or full-blown mania and a depressive episode. Common bipolar symptoms include depressive disorders wherein the patient experiences severe bouts of depression for many days at a stretch. This mood pattern affects day to day life and social situations. The patient loses all interest in activities around him and keeps to himself. These bipolar symptoms result in a lack of appetite on a regular basis and consequently, significant weight loss. Other bipolar symptoms include insomnia and fatigue which make the patient incapable of moving around. Due to lack of any energy, the patient does not take interest in doing anything and lets himself be taken over by a feeling of low self-esteem and guilt. With time, these apparently “normal” feelings can take the shape of suicidal thoughts. In a mixed state, a patient may suffer agitation, sadness and changing appetite while feeling a high level of energy at the same time. In a heightened state, bipolar symptoms include hallucinations and delusions. These psychotic symptoms, during a manic episode, make the person believe they are rich and successful and during a depressive episode, they may see themselves as a pauper, worthless and at times, a criminal. This apparent change in personality sometimes leads the doctor and family members to believe that the patient is suffering from schizophrenia or hallucinations which leads to a wrong diagnosis. The extreme bipolar symptoms, the manic kind, is characterized by an elevated mood lasting for a week, at least. The manic disorder causes a negative impact on the total functioning of the person. The patient feels a lack of self-esteem, insomnia and thoughts that drift at a fast pace which makes it hard for him to concentrate on anything and leads to restlessness and distraction. The patient also tends to talk rapidly making it hard for others to follow. Some may even try to engage in activities such as sexual recklessness or extravagance which could result in a negative and regrettable outcome. Bipolar symptoms are also categorized by behavioral problems such as substance abuse, relationship and performance issues.