Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that alternates between episodes of both depression and mania. Although bipolar is a mental illness that affects the mind, there are many physical symptoms that unfortunately accompany it. Here are 10 common symptoms I have experienced.
- Memory loss.
I literally sometimes just can’t remember things. I write down everything.
Whether it’s the hand shakes, the leg twitching, being agitated, irritated and restless.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
When in a hypomanic or manic episode especially, sleep may be quite the challenge. A few hours a night can be the norm and when in a depressive episode, well, you could just sleep and sleep and sleep the days away.
When I am on a high, I move really fast. I knock things over, drop things, trip, you name it. Its like I cannot help but to be a disaster.
- Knots in neck/shoulders
Being tense all the time causes knots in the neck and shoulders. I also never truly feel relaxed and my muscles cramp up as well.
- Not being able to speak
Sometimes I literally can not speak. I am silent. Sometimes I am speaking but not making much sense or forget what I am saying.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
These are very common amongst mental disorders. I also have celiac disease so I have stomach issues period. More research is showing the link between the brain and the gut and how gastrointestinal issues many times go hand in hand with mental illness.
Sometimes the anger is so overwhelming I can black out and not remember what I said or did. The anger also causes extreme fatigue and headaches. The extreme emotions are exhausting.
- Skin Problems
Both depression and mania can cause a surge of stress hormones and your skin may take the hit. When I am manic I sometimes feel like there are bugs under my skin, and I scratch and scratch and scratch sometimes til I am almost bleeding.
- Talking to myself out loud
When manic, I tend to talk to myself out loud. The racing thoughts and stress make me go over situations over and over and I try to figure things out by saying them as I am problem solving. Sometimes I really just can’t help how much I talk in general. Lately, I realize I constantly interrupt people as well, or just don’t wait my turn to talk.