7 Signs That Bipolar Depression Is Brewing

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2020

If the onset of depression always seems to surprise you, here are seven signs that your mood is headed south.

#1 Withdrawing from social interaction

Regardless of whether you are naturally introverted or extroverted, if you find yourself struggling to socialize, bipolar depression could be on the horizon. Make note of ‘red flag’ behaviors such as not returning calls or texts, canceling regular activities with friends, or even altering your daily routine to avoid social interaction at the grocery store or mall.

#2 Impaired memory

One of the hallmark symptoms of bipolar depression is the presence of cognitive-based symptoms. As such, small impairments in memory—misplacing things, struggling to remember your daily to-do list—may be indicative of a downswing into bipolar depression.

#3 Daily tasks seem to take more energy than usual

Bipolar depression is notorious for its energy-zapping prowess—referred to as psychomotor impairment. Be on the lookout for times when you find daily tasks, such as brushing your teeth or cooking breakfast, feel overwhelmingly (and uncharacteristically) difficult.

#4 Unexpected feelings of guilt:

It is not uncommon for those entering a depressive episode to feel immense guilt, even over the mundane. If you find yourself feeling guilty over situations not within your control, take note and seek support—remember, it’s just the depression talking.

#5 Difficulty concentrating:

Although this is a common symptom experienced periodically by many with bipolar disorder, those experiencing bipolar depression may experience this much more frequently. It’s not uncommon for those slipping into a bipolar depression to have ‘hazy,’ incomplete thoughts, and an inability to think clearly.

#6 Irritability and uncharacteristic angry outbursts:

If you find yourself irritated, or even angry, in unremarkable situations, you may be on the cusp of bipolar depression.

#7 Changes in sleeping patterns:

Pay special attention to small changes in your sleep patterns; research has found that people with bipolar I depression are more likely to experience hypersomnia—trouble staying awake during the day or prolonged nighttime sleep—and people with bipolar II depression are more likely to experience insomnia.

  1. Please let me know if anyone has experienced this, i have had an episode of major depression 3yrs ago with an attempt while traveling abroad, partner had to bring me back to get help. Recovered and was fine for a few years. Now this year had a lot going on with travelling covid, was accepted for scuba diving grant was in outside open relationship with two people and took on a bunch of projects then slowly started to feel like everything was too micu felt overwhelmed then distress that I was in this depressed place once again, the person I was in an outside open relationship with I tried to explain how bad my depression got before. My partner knew bit thought I could handle it, I live at home with my sister and she wasn’t aware of how bac things got. My parter was overseas at the time. I began to withdrawal and isolate myself from the few people I know. Soon I was in a bad depression and I had an attempt but what triggered the attempt was that I was overwhelmed and my partner said he was coming to get me, I had visions of harming him or my sister which led to my attempt, I was then hospitalized for the first time. Had to have my sister sign me out as it was extremely traumatic. When I got out I saw a psychiatrist and she says it could be bipolar. I am not sure I started medication for depression but I feel like right now my life is messed up because the few people I was starting to socialize with before I started getting depressed I withdrew from and not I have this possible diagnosis and trauma from everything happening.

  2. I have daily swings but getting better with staying clean Lamactal wellbutrin with small amounts of thc and Cbd. I hate the conditon but after reading a lot of these comments it seems normal it’s hard to live with a great deal of family issues and financial to keep my head straight. But journal stay busy watch now almost all only documentaries and or shows that I learn something. Like profit hgtv or Political shows. My hands hurt and are sore when depression is coming.

    I just can’t stand living daily like this have occasionally thoughts of killing my self but would never act on it. But do wonder if the other side of life is better then this one. I can’t keep a relationship but coping daily with surfing eating right and not putting myself in situations where I will keep upset. I am okay but wow it’s a ride .

  3. This has been very illuminating.
    Thank you.

  4. […] Articolo di riferimento in inglese […]

  5. I Would like To Thank bphope dearly those 7-signs are exactly what i be experiencing now that i know what to do and help myself with this situation i needed these words and they came at the right time God Bless and Thank You.

Load More Comments

Leave a Reply

Please do not use your full name, as it will be displayed. Your email address will not be published.