Two of the most common types of behavior that can result from this are spending sprees and unusual sexual behavior.
"The disorder varies in severity.""Hypomania can be a pretty enjoyable state, really," Dr. A person's mood can be elevated, they may have a lot of energy and creativity, and they may experience euphoria.
This is the "up" side of bipolar disorder that some people with the condition actually enjoy--while it lasts.
"They can be quite distractible and may start a million things and never finish them," says Don Malone, M.
I can't control it'." They will also sometimes jump around to different topics.
"What's kind of a red flag is when it is atypical for the person to talk like this," doing it only when they are in manic cycle but not at other times, she says.
People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty in the workplace because so many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, do their job, and interact productively with others.
In addition to having problems completing tasks, they may have difficulty sleeping, irritability, and an inflated ego during a manic phase, and depression at other times, which causes excessive sleeping and other mood problems.
D., the director of the Center for Behavioral Health and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
A person who is in a bipolar depressive state is going to look just like someone who has regular depression.
"They have the same problems with energy, appetite, sleep and focus as others who have 'plain old depression'," Dr. Unfortunately, typical antidepressants alone don't work well in patients who are bipolar.
They can even make people cycle more frequently, worsening their condition, or send someone into a break-with-reality episode."We are all irritable or moody sometimes," Dr. "But in people with bipolar disorder it often becomes so severe that it interferes with their relationships--especially if the person is saying, 'I don't know why I'm so irritable...