Understand Bipolar Symptoms in Women
What are bipolar symptoms in women? The key to understanding these symptoms is based on knowledge on different types of bipolar phases as each has unique symptoms. There are various common types of bipolar phases that most women suffering from bipolar disorder experience, however, the most commonly phase of bipolar disorder experienced by large number of women is where a woman cycles forth and back between depression and mania (mild mania i.e. hypo-mania) states.
During this bipolar phase, the bipolar symptoms in women includes high or elevated mood in which a woman feels unique and increased self-esteem. Normally, sick women tend to overestimate their capabilities and the attribute of their ideas. Their perception becomes impaired and the sick women feel strong over painful repercussions. They feel powerful and have little concern or regrets for their actions. Mostly these patients tend to have a lot of ideas coupled with lots of energy for the accomplishment of these ideas.
Bipolar symptoms in women during manic phase also include psychotic symptoms. Psychosis is a medical condition in which a patient fails to differentiate between the reality and unreality. This involves sick women having hallucination, unnatural beliefs about possessing special identity or powers (x-ray vision or superhuman strength). These symptoms depicts severe mood episode requiring immediate medical care and treatment. Lastly women undergoing through mania bipolar phase might start engaging in a number of tasks, without being pessimistic towards completion of these tasks. This is characterized by having high energy levels enabling them to overwork all of which can exhaust friends, co-workers and family of the women with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar symptoms in women experienced during depression include spending the whole day in bed as they feel they cannot keep on going. These women often feel their thinking is slow hence taking little appreciation in any task. This is coupled with a sense of being worthless and meaningless life which may lead to overeating hence gaining more weight due to their low level of activities. This may sometimes lead to emergence of suicidal thoughts hence calling for emergency care for the patient. Some of psychotic symptoms may be featured during depressive episode.
Mixed episode and rapid cycling: bipolar symptoms in women during mixed episode include mood episode which can result to hostility, irritability and physical aggression which requires them hospitalized to ensure the safety of people around them and their own safety. Rapid cycling describes the whole course of bipolar disorder over 12 months duration. A woman having rapid cycling often experiences four or more Hypo-mania, mixed, depressive or manic episodes during the 12-month duration. This bipolar disorder phase is difficult to treat as it is less likely to respond to medication. This is commonly featured in those women suffering from thyroid gland which can lead to imbalance in hormonal levels that mimics depression and manic. This requires combination of various types of medications for rapid cycling to be dealt with more effectively. According to medical research, 15-20 percent of those women suffering from bipolar disorder are likely to develop rapid cycling.