Top 10 Signs of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
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Bipolar disorder, which is also known by its older name “manic depression,” is a serious mental disorder that responds to treatment with both medication and psychotherapy.

Not everyone who has bipolar disorder (manic depression) experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. The severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time. The top 10 signs of mania, one part of bipolar disorder, are:

  1. Abnormal or excessive elation
  2. Unusual irritability
  3. Decreased need for sleep
  4. Grandiose notions
  5. Increased talking
  6. Racing thoughts
  7. Increased sexual desire
  8. Markedly increased energy
  9. Poor judgment
  10. Inappropriate social behavior

People with bipolar disorder must not only meet the criteria for the signs and symptoms listed above, but also for an episode of depression.

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APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2007). Top 10 Signs of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression). Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2015, from
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