Consequences of bipolar episodes

Episodes can have lifelong consequences. These consequences are not often considered during an episode. It is important to identify the symptoms and signs to prevent an episode from happening. Acting quickly can avoid or minimise destructive behaviour.

If you think you have bipolar and you are struggling to cope and manage it then seek attention from a psychiatrist to get the help you need. Be open and honest about how you feel, what you are doing and what you are going through emotionally and physically.

The lifecycle of an episode

Let's take happy. Add more to that happy. Make it even happier. A little more. 

Now boost!

Power up until you feel completely invincible and ready to take on the world. 

Now react. Start spending money you don't have. Why not get a tattoo? Get married or get a divorce. 

Then crash! 

Let's take sad, make it as sad as you can, until you want to throw your life away.

Now react. Don't get out of bed. Stop eating. Stop going places. Struggle at work. Think about dying.

The shifts in moods can be rapid. In bipolar II, people suffer from depression more in their lives than they realise.


Warning signs and symptoms

I am stuck in a dark void


You can be experiencing or about to experience a major depressive episode and it can be detrimental as it affects every day life. You shouldn't take this lightly, seek help as quickly as you can. Below are some combination signs that can help you find out if you are having an episode or are about to experience one.

  • Are you abnormally depressed? Feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless?

  • Are you struggling to get out of bed? are you sleeping too much or do you struggle to sleep?

  • Have you lost interest where you take no pleasure in doing the things you enjoy, socialise or partake in any activities?

  • Have you had problems with your weight? Lost or gained weight with a substantial change in your appetite?

  • Have you had a change in your sleep pattern where you can't sleep or sleep too much?

  • Do you feel fatigued and lethargic? Do you have a lack of energy most of the time?

  • Do you feel restless? Are you struggling to relax because you feel anxious or bored?

  • Are you feeling irritable? Are you feeling moody or losing your temper for silly things that would not normally affect you?

  • Are you feeling anxious? are you worried about unknown outcomes?

  • Do you feel worthless, ashamed or guilty? Do you feel bad about yourself, that you are not doing anything, that you should be doing something or bad about something you have done?

  • Are you struggling to concentrate or feel indecisive?

  • Have you lost the will to live, think about dying or planning suicide

I feel on top of the world


You can be experiencing or about to experience a manic or hypomanic episode. Avoid the negative consequences by seeking help, even if it makes you feel great. Below are some combination signs that can help you find out if you are having an episode or are about to experience one.

  • Do you feel like you can take on anything? Like nothing can stop you. You feel invincible.

  • Do you find yourself talking fast and have a lot of racing thoughts you find very important to share?

  • Are you easily distracted from what you are doing?

  • Do you experience an increase in energy?

  • Are you easily irritable or agitated?

  • Do you sleep less - a lot less?

  • Is your self-confidence exaggerated where you feel euphoric and on top of the world?

  • Do others find that you are making poor decisions and impulsive actions like buying property, getting married or divorced, taking sexual risks, going on shopping sprees, gambling or getting tattoos?

  • Do you feel more creative than usual and find that your productivity is exceptionally better than usual?

  • Do you find yourself unexpectedly spring-cleaning your house?