Mental illness continues to be difficult to understand and diagnose, but society and medicine has come a very long way in the past several decades. Bipolar Disorder (also referred to as Manic Depression) involves radical changes in energy, mood, and activity levels, with periods ranging from being extremely “up” to falling very, very low. Often the episodes of mania and depression follow in succession, but some people may present with signs and symptoms that occur together, so features may be difficult to diagnose.
If you are concerned that you or someone you care about is experiencing these signs and symptoms, it is critical to consult with a medical professional.
Feelings for those struggling with hopelessness in a depressive episode may describe it with words such as emptiness, worthlessness, or despair. This may manifest itself through being in a sad mood, tearful, feeling inappropriate guilt, or simply feeling down and empty. This may also be expressed as irritability, particularly in children and teens.
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