• Monique Peats

Bipolar Disorder (high-highs & low-lows)

Did you know that many people who struggle with clinical depression also experience periods of mania (the highs), which is at the other end of the low of depression?

During periods of mild mania, people can be quite energetic, talkative, very confident, and impulsive. When the mania becomes extreme, impulsivity can lead to reckless and dangerous behaviours. Examples may include driving in a hazardous way, engaging in unsafe sex, or taking other extreme and impulsive risks.

Not all people who experience depression have manic episodes. Those who don’t are said to have unipolar depression. Those who do have manic episodes are considered to have a bipolar depressive condition.

If you have checked five or more items from the Depression list, or three or more items from the

Mania list, you may have depression or, quite possibly, bipolar disorder. If so, there’s no need to panic, there is help. Depression and bipolar disorder are medical conditions that can be treated. Please consult with your physician.

Symptoms to look out for:

For an accurate diagnosis, mention all of the symptoms to your medical care provider.

To receive a diagnosis of depression or bipolar, these symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other vital areas of functioning. Symptoms must also not be a result of substance abuse or another medical condition.