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Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults: Know the Signs

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes unusual and extreme shifts in mood, marked by episodes of mania and depression. During these episodes, symptoms last for days or weeks at a time.

Common signs & symptoms of mania

  • Showing intense happiness or silliness
  • Having a very short temper or seeming extremely irritable
  • Talking very fast or having racing thoughts
  • Having an inflated sense of ability, knowledge, and power
  • Doing reckless things that show poor judgment

Common signs & symptoms of depression

  • Feeling very sad or hopeless
  • Feeling lonely or isolating from others
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having little energy and no interest in usual activities
  • Sleeping too much

If you or someone you know is struggling or having thoughts of suicide, help is available. For crisis counseling and support, call or text 988 (988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline ). In life-threatening situations, call 911.

Learn more about bipolar disorder.

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH Identification No. OM 23-4318

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Bipolar disorder is not the same as the typical ups and downs every kid goes through. The mood swings are more extreme and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy level, and the ability to think clearly. Know the signs and symptoms:  #shareNIMH

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