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Signs & Symptoms

Note: These symptoms are not necessarily present all the time, and this list should not be used to diagnose yourself or someone else. This is intended only to provide general information. If you think you might be experiencing a mental illness, you should see your doctor for an accurate assessment and treatment plan.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Excessive energy

  • Decreased need for sleep

  • Too many ideas and plans

  • Lack of understanding that not all plans and activities can be accomplished in a given period of time

  • Sprees of spending and partying, often including using drugs and/or alcohol, and increased sexual activity

  • Noticeable changes in personality and behaviours

  • Jumping from topic to topic, quickly changing ideas while speaking or tense, pressured speech (can’t stop talking)

  • Increased irritability or unprovoked short-temperedness

  • Illogical thoughts, which can extend to irrational beliefs, such as superhuman abilities or the ability to execute an unrealistic plan


Getting help

Seek emergency help immediately if you are having suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming yourself or others.

You should also seek help right away if you:

  • Have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns

  • Think your symptoms could be linked to a physical health problem

  • Are experiencing prolonged trouble sleeping

  • Feel as though normal life stresses don’t explain your symptoms