Mood disorders such as bipolar disorder can be hard to pinpoint and diagnose. The general description of the condition is a loose one that includes rapid changes in mood and erratic decision making. These aren’t the only symptoms of bipolar disorder. Because of this confusion, misdiagnosis of the condition as another mental illness such as depression, occur all of the time. The truth is, bipolar disorder differs in severity from person to person and sometimes even bout to bout.
1. Erratic Mood Swings
The most identifiable symptom of bipolar disorder is erratic changes in mood. A person with bipolar disorder can experience extreme highs that lead to intense lows. These mood changes appear to happen out of the blue and for no particular reason, but triggers can often be identified by keeping a mood journal.