Are You Moody Or Irritable?
Sleep loss can be caused by a person’s physical or mental state. Insomnia can sometimes be a temporary response to stress. But if your stress and sleep trouble last for more than two weeks or interfere with your life, they may be signs of something more serious.
Sleeplessness, frequent nighttime waking, or sleeping too much can be symptoms of depression. Clinical depression is more than passing sadness, and it’s not something a person can snap out of. It is a real, treatable imbalance in brain chemicals.
Other symptoms of depression:
Sleeplessness can also be a symptom of bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder have alternating periods of high and low mood. During the low periods, they have symptoms of depression. During the high periods they have symptoms of mania. In mania, a person may go for days without sleep and not miss it.
Other symptoms of mania:
Manic enthusiasm may lead to angry outbursts and bizarre thoughts. Many people report intense paranoia during mania, as well as difficulty thinking clearly and sometimes a loss of contact with reality.
Bipolar disorder is treatable with medication, therapy and support. The earlier a person gets and stays with treatment for bipolar disorder, the more likely he or she will be able to keep future episodes under control.
Treatments For Depression And Bipolar Disorder
Seeking treatment is nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t let fear or embarrassment stand in the way of talking honestly with your health care providers about depression or bipolar disorder. For many people, the best treatment is a combination of medication, therapy and support from people who understand.
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