The term “bipolar” has become overused in our society today. Having a bipolar disorder is very different from having frequent or strong mood changes. While therapy would definitely be helpful to someone experiencing mood swings, this does not make someone “bipolar." 

Please keep in mind that it can be hard to recognize whether or not certain behaviors are signs of a bipolar disorder. If you think something could be wrong, it probably is. If you are not sure, feel free to call and consult regarding any questions you have. There is no fee for a phone consultation. 

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

  • Experiencing mania, which is-A distinct period of increased energy or elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and abnormally increased behaviors that are aimed at achieving specific goals.

  • During the distinct period of time described above, the person has:

  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity (thinks that he/she is more important than others, thinks he/she has a higher cause or more important purpose on Earth than other people)

  • Decreased need for sleep. In other words, a person goes for an abnormal amount of time without sleep and does not feel tired.

  • More talkative than usual or feels they have to keep talking

  • Racing thoughts

  • Easily distracted

  • Increase in goal directed activities that could include social activities, work related activities, sexual behaviors

  • Purposeless non goal directed behaviors

  • Excessive involvement in behaviors that have a high potential for painful consequences (for example, spending large sums of money to open a business, engaging in elicit sex multiples times over a short period of time, racking up excessive credit card debt)


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.