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The Difficulty In Identifying Bipolar Depression

by The Anti Depression Team on

Unfortunately, it is a dangerous fact that psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, are sometimes evident in a person experiencing severe mania or depression episodes. These symptoms tend to reflect the intensity of the sufferer’s mood.

Specifically, psychotic symptoms during a manic episode include having a belief that one is renowned, wealthy, or has extraordinary abilities. Similarly, psychotic tendencies during a depressive episode may cause sufferers to perceive themselves as being worthless, or having committed an offence.

Consequently, people suffering from bipolar depression with psychotic indications are occasionally misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, another severe mental disease associated with hallucinations and delusions.

Initially, recognizing these problems as signs of bipolar depression is tricky. However, with careful observation, it is possible to identify a bipolar depression victim if he has a number of isolated manic or depressive symptoms consecutively for at least one or two weeks, or experiences long-lasting periods of unstable moods.

People with bipolar depression experience irratically powerful yet distinct emotional states called “mood episodes.” Energy, activity, sleep and behaviour undergo extreme changes with the change in mood.
An excessively ecstatic state’s called a manic episode, where sufferers experience a mood change from excessive happiness to extreme agitation.

An exceptionally miserable state’s called a depressive episode, where patients undergo changes in mood from feeling anxious to losing interest in one’s favourite pastimes.

Sometimes, a mixed state occurs where symptoms of both mania and depression are experienced causing bipolar depression sufferers to have the tendency to be explosive and irritable due to simultaneous feelings of hopelessness and joyfulness.