Bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in a person’s moods, with recurring episodes of manic and depressive thoughts throughout their lives, although many are free of symptoms between these episodes.

The symptoms of manic behaviour include:

  • An inability to focus or concentrate
  • A continuous elevated or euphoric mood
  • Irritability
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Little need for sleep

The symptoms of depressive behaviour include:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Oversleeping
  • Change in appetite or body weight
  • Fatigue
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Difficulties in concentrating

Stressful life events or physical injuries as well as other factors can lead to the onset of symptoms of the illness.

A person can have symptoms of both mania and depression at the same time.

Psychotic behaviour may also be present during severe episodes of either mania or depression. This can include delusions and hallucinations.

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  • Behaviour may distract from work, and impair social interaction
  • Lack of motivation and exhaustion also contribute


  • Student may struggle with deadlines, or fail to understand the instructions for assignments if thought processes do not remain consistent
  • Student may be very difficult to engage


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