Having a loved one who suffers from Bipolar Disease Symptoms can be an incredibly stressful and trying experience, especially during a manic episode. Sometimes, however, manic episodes can be hard to detect. The symptoms that a person who suffers from bipolar disorder exhibits before slipping into one of these episodes can be very subtle and not terribly out of character for that person. As the episode becomes more and more pronounced the signs become obvious at which point the best thing for a loved one to do is ensure that the person experiencing the episode is keeping up with their treatment plan as prescribed by their doctor. Knowing the symptoms and warning signs that an episode is on the way is the first step.
Subtle Changes in Behavior
The most subtle changes in a person’s behavior can be an indication of the onset of a manic episode. Even things that appear, on the surface, to be positive can be indicative of this. If you notice that a loved one who suffers from bipolar disorder suddenly seems to be in a more positive mood and has more mental and physical energy, take note. This is not to say that just because a person is in a good mood they are getting ready to slip in mania. However, if the change is sudden, unexpected and somewhat out of character it can be an early warning sign. Another subtle indication of a manic episode can include increased talkativeness, markedly increased self-confidence and sleeping less.
Lack of Impulse Control
When a manic episode starts to really spiral up, impulse control begins to go out the window. A person experiencing Bipolar Disease Symptoms may begin making decisions that are out of character for them, even risky, without considering the consequences. Even seemingly harmless decisions such as going on a shopping spree and spending more money than a person would normally allow themselves to can be a symptom of the onset of mania. As the episode progresses, this lack of impulse control can get more and more dangerous as the afflicted person begins to make choices that are reckless and even potentially dangerous. Things like fast-driving, compulsive gambling and risky sex can arise out of this lack of impulse control.
At the height of a manic episode the sufferer may also experience extreme forms of delusional thinking. Everything from having a marked increase in one’s ability to accomplish outrageous and even dangerous tasks or stunts, to outright paranoia begins to surface at this point in the episode. Examples of delusional thinking can include things that seem relatively benign like deciding to quit one’s job and pursue a career in art to extreme social paranoia, i.e believing that friends, family members et cetera are plotting against the person or that they are being watched by someone. Hallucinations are also not uncommon for a Bipolar Disease Symptoms person to experience at this point in an episode. Being able to recognize these symptoms early on can help you prepare for a loved one’s manic episode and also help to get them through it