Complete coverage on

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the urgent calls for help in theater 9 after the Colorado theater shooting.

Latest Stories

Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 11:04:00

Can a 9- or 10-year-old get a true diagnosis of bipolar disorder? Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder: Her Private Struggleupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 13:17:00

The actress has had "a stressful year," says a friend as the star seeks treatment

Zeta-Jones treated for bipolar disorderupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked into a mental health facility for treatment of a less-severe form of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is not just one diseaseupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 11:33:00

Although the symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary significantly from person to person, mental health professionals have identified four main subtypes of the illness that together are referred to as bipolar spectrum disorders: bipolar I, bipolar II, bipolar not otherwise specified, and cyclothymia.

Is it OK to stay on antidepressants long term?updated: Tue Mar 01 2011 10:18:00

I have a family history of mental illness. Three of my siblings have schizoaffective disorder (one recently told by a doctor that it may be bipolar with hallucinatory symptoms). I have dealt with mild to moderate depression for over 10 years with a few episodes of major depression in that time. About three months ago, I began taking Lexapro even though I have always wondered whether doing so might aggravate an underlying genetic illness. I feel much better on this medication, and do not have a history of mania or hallucinations. (I am a 31-year-old female, and take 10mg of Lexapro a day).

Do I have major depression?updated: Tue Jan 11 2011 14:01:00

Hi, I am a teen in high school and I was wondering whether or not I should talk to my doctor, again, about taking medicine for depression. I have been so depressed for roughly two years, however it has progressively gotten worse. I have done some research and I have almost all the symptoms of depression.

If you have S.A.D., you're hibernatingupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 10:42:00

"Ask the Doc" explores seasonal affective disorder and finds that many artists,poets and composers have the disorder.

SAD: When seasons change how you feelupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 10:42:00

By 10 a.m. every day during the winters, Rachelle Strauss felt like she could go back to bed. She used to be a morning person, but that all changed about 10 years ago when she started to feel exhausted as the darkest days dragged on.

Will I need to stay on my depression meds forever?updated: Tue Oct 19 2010 10:26:00

NOTE: This expert answer was originally published on December 8, 2009

Back to school with bipolar? How college can unleash maniaupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 08:16:00

The rituals of college -- making new friends, studying until dawn, excessive partying -- can stress out any young adult. But students with bipolar disorder, or those at risk for the condition, are even more vulnerable in a college environment.

Growing up bipolar: 'Nobody was on my side'updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 10:36:00

Jennifer Konjoian was 10 years old when she put a plastic bag over her head. She remembers doing it impulsively, for no other reason than to get attention.

Are mood swings a sign of depression?updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 08:35:00

Is it possible to have mood swings where one moment you are happy, then the next you can be sad? Is this a sign of depression? I do also have ADD as well but currently am not on medicine.

How can I help someone I fear is abusing Adderall?updated: Tue Jul 13 2010 11:42:00

I have problem with a 30-year-old male in my family who is constantly in a state of high. He is prescribed Adderall by his doctor and his friends have told me he snorts it. His condition is escalating to the point of violence against relatives. I am very concerned because he has sole custody of a 9-year-old child. I have asked his doctor to cease prescribing Adderall to him but he continues. He stays awake for as long as five nights and his doctors tell us that is physically impossible. The doctors see him occasionally and we see him daily. I know he is going to end up dead or in jail. I'm so afraid of what is happening to him.

Do pregnancy and bipolar disorder mix?updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:41:00

As recently as 10 years ago, doctors advised women with bipolar disorder not to have children. While that thinking is now dated, bipolar women often face tough decisions about how to handle their medication during pregnancy.

Supplements for depression: What works, what doesn'tupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:46:00

The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. Some products are even billed as an alternative to prescription antidepressants.

What can a bipolar person do to handle stress better?updated: Tue May 18 2010 08:26:00

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 16, and I'm now 18 and it has gotten where I can't even get a job because I stress myself out so much that I can't even think straight. I've been on Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, and Seroquel but nothing has helped me get over this. I feel like every time I try to do something a switch comes on in my head, and I get in fight-or-flight mode, and I usually flee. My sleeping patterns are also irregular. If anyone has some suggestions for me I would greatly appreciate it.

Drugs that treat epilepsy, depression linked to suicideupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 16:05:00

Some antiseizure drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as depression, chronic pain, migraine, bipolar disorder, and other conditions are associated with a higher risk of suicide and violent death than other drugs in the same class, according to a new study.

Bipolar diagnosed in younger and younger patientsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 08:50:00

This week, Dr. Charles Raison offers part two of his answer to the viewer question: Can a 9- or 10-year-old be bipolar?

Part 2: How do you tell bipolar disorder, schizophrenia apart?updated: Tue Feb 09 2010 17:32:00

Are the psychoses of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia very similar? How do you tell psychotic bipolar disorder apart from schizophrenia with mood disorder? How similar are the two diseases considering that the same medicines (anti-psychotics) are beneficial to both?

Can depression cause memory loss?updated: Tue Dec 15 2009 12:09:00

My husband, age 39, was diagnosed with manic depression/bipolar disorder approximately two years ago. He suffers from recurrent bouts of depression and is currently in a depressive phase. He does not have very many manic phases at all. His short-term memory is getting progressively worse. Lately he cannot seem to remember how to get to places that he had just visited two or three days before. This has happened three times in the past week alone. Is there a correlation between recurrent bouts of depression and memory loss? I would question the medications as a factor, but he has not changed meds in many months and the episodes of memory loss have been in recent weeks. I would appreciate any information you can give me, as the primary caregiver you can imagine that this whole ordeal is very difficult.

Will I ever feel really secure in my life?updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 13:42:00

I have had a quite a few ups and downs in my life. I have had depression since I was 8 years old. (I am now 26 and was diagnosed as bipolar three years ago.) In my lifetime, I have suffered major emotional abuse and betrayals from a variety of people, not to mention rough circumstances (losing a job last year, and unstable conditions in my current job). I have now gotten to a point where I've become obsessive about money due to fears of once again becoming unemployed, and I find myself drifting away from friends because I don't feel safe being close to anyone any more. It's scary for me because I went through a major depressive episode from ages 14 to 18, and I had to fight just to keep myself alive (medication was not available for me at the time, either). I've fought so hard just to get to my current point in life, which was graduating from college and living independently. I'm just so terrified of losing everything that I've fought for and returning to those lows, but I feel like

How can I make the voice in my head stop?updated: Tue Oct 06 2009 13:43:00

I am a 50-year-old male and have been experiencing a voice talking to me. I lost most of my central vision about 11 years ago from a virus and am legally blind. I was diagnosed with depression two years ago by my doctor and he put me on 20 mg of paroxetine a day. I have always been an antisocial person but even more so after losing most of my vision. For the last several months there has been a voice talking to me. It just carries on normal conversations and warns me of various things, remarks about the news, people, daily activities (don't eat that, eat this instead), stay away from this or that person because they are out to harm you, your neighbors are watching you, etc. What is happening to me? Can you give me some suggestions on how to make the voice stop? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you can give me. Thank You

Can keeping a routine help control bipolar symptoms?updated: Tue Sep 29 2009 10:29:00

I have a diagnosis of brittle bipolar disorder. Most peer-reviewed literature tells me that setting up concrete routines (daily, work, home, etc.) is a good way to help control symptoms. Is this true? Is it an important tool or just speculation? How can I work with my employer/coworkers to limit my symptoms with routines?

Can a manic episode look like a tantrum?updated: Tue Sep 22 2009 13:00:00

My friend's 20-year-old daughter has been diagnosed as bipolar. I have seen the depressive effects, but can you tell me how someone who is having a manic episode would behave? This girl yells, screams, swears, kicks the walls, uses inappropriate language to her parents and it usually happens when she is not getting her way. It looks like a temper tantrum to me.

How can I manage bipolar disorder if I can't afford meds?updated: Mon Jul 06 2009 16:23:00

I have phase II bipolar and cannot afford the necessary drugs. I'm dealing with this alone, which as you may know is tough. Are there any tips you can give in management of my disorder?

When a parent is bipolar, kids are at risk tooupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 17:01:00

Children and teens who have a parent with bipolar disorder are 14 times more likely than their peers to have bipolar-like symptoms themselves, and are two to three times more likely to be found to have an anxiety or mood disorder, such as depression, according to a report in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Can I heal from bipolar?updated: Mon Dec 15 2008 15:57:00

I have suffered from bipolar depression for five years. I am taking medication and worked with a specialist for three years. My question is, can one ever grow out of or heal from this affliction?

We recommend