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Signs & Symptoms

If you or a friend or family member is experiencing signs of depression, bipolar disorder or thoughts of suicide, know that there is help. You can find resources, hope and help through our Family Support Program.

Signs of Depression

  • Depressed mood (can be sad, down, grouchy or irritable)
  • Change in sleeping patterns (too much, too little or disturbed)
  • Change in weight or appetite (decreased or increased)
  • Speaking and/or moving with unusual speed or slowness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness or desperation
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, slowed thinking or indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death, suicide or wishes to be dead
  • Extreme anxiety, agitation or enraged behavior
  • Excessive drug and/or alcohol use or abuse

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression. A person with bipolar disorder has severe mood swings, "high" or agitated moods and sad, down moods for no apparent reason. Other signs or symptoms include:

  • Inflated self-esteem or feelings of "superiority"
  • A decreased need for sleep without tiredness or fatigue
  • Increased talkativeness or inability to stop talking
  • Racing thoughts or disconnected thoughts
  • Being easily distracted from whatever is going on
  • Becoming increasingly focused on completing goals, like writing a paper in one night or staying up all night cleaning
  • Becoming excessively involved in activities that are pleasurable but have a high potential for painful consequences, such as excessive risk taking, sexual activity, gambling, etc.

Warning Signs and Risks Factors of Suicide

  • Threatens suicide
  • Strong feelings of hopelessness
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Access to guns
  • Strong feelings of wanting to be dead
  • A previous suicide attempt
  • Demonstrating behaviors indicating suicidal thought such as talking or writing about death/suicide
  • Giving away possessions
  • Saying goodbye
  • Serious behavior or conduct problems
  • Sense of worthlessness or burdensomeness
  • Having a history of depression