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NIMH » Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults: Know the Signs


Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, marked by episodes of mania and depression.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Mania

  • Showing intense happiness or silliness for a long time
  • 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 themselves from others
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having little energy and no interest in usual activities
  • Sleeping too much

Teens and young adults with bipolar disorder symptoms may think and talk about self-harm or suicide. If someone you know is expressing these thoughts, seek help immediately.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line
Text HELLO to 741741

www.nimh.nih.gov/bipolardisorder

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH Identification No. OM 20-4318



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