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What are the tell tale signs of Bipolar?

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Excuse me if I come across as a bit uneducated about Bipolar. I’d like other people’s input and views.

For years now, I’ve suffered with depression. After recent events, I am contemplating getting reassessed, as I actually suspect that I may have some kind of Bipolar.

A few times I have been really low and then can suddenly watch a clip on YT, and cry with laughter. Then after ages of giggling uncontrollably, I sink back to either ok, or the state I was in.

Other times I experience my mind rushing from one great idea to the next, only to just think later on, I can’t be bothered. Or the idea gets forgotten.

Also on occasion, I’ve been really full of the joys, like I’m high on life, but the feeling doesn’t seem to last. Only a couple of hours.

Are these signs?
I also ask as my cousin who I don’t see much suffers with Bipolar.
 
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Hi Alanr, how long does these episodes last and how frequent do they occur?
 
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It’s swings and roundabouts. The episodes happen say twice a week, then not happen at all for a couple of weeks. Each episode can last between half an hour to maybe 3.

Again, it’s swings and roundabouts.
 
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I forgotten to mention that the slightest thing can make me angry and lose my temper. Even the silliest of things.
 
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I'm not sure if it's bipolar, the epsiodes usually lasts a bit longer, although there may be periods of normalcy or depression even during hypomania. You may be experiencing some sort of rapid cycling or mixed episode. If I were you I would go to a professional to be evaluated, there are many other mental health issues besides bipolar that may have similar symptoms so I think it's important to have it checked out just in case.
 
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I feel for my Wife and Daughter because of what I go through.
 
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Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.
 
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I feel for my Wife and Daughter because of what I go through.
Bipolar, and mental illness in general can be very hard on your loved ones that's one of the reasons one should always seek out help to get proper treatment. Medication and therapy can greatly help alleviate many of ones problems in most cases.
 
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Having an understanding of ones condition can help you find coping mechanisms. It is important to be open with your loved ones about your feelings and situation, you need support and they need to understand what's happening so they can better help you and educate themselves on how to cope with your illness.
 

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