Some common signs, symptoms, and behaviors of mania include:
- Feeling overly happy or "high," or exaggerated optimism
- Extremely irritable or agitated mood; feeling "jumpy"
- Having "racing" thoughts or talking very fast
- Being distracted very easily
- Being restless or wanting to take on new projects all the time
- Needing less sleep than normal without feeling tired
- Impulsive or risky behavior such as spending sprees or impulsive sex
- Poor judgment, aggressiveness, and hostility
Some common signs, symptoms, and behaviors of depression include:
- Feeling sad, worried, or empty for long periods of time
- Losing interest in things that used to be fun
- Feeling more tired than normal
- Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Being irritable or restless
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Recurring thoughts about suicide
In order for you and your doctor to stay aware of how and when your mood changes, it's a good idea to keep a daily log of how you are feeling. Our Daily Mood Tracker can help you keep an accurate record of your symptoms and day-to-day variables.
Bipolar Mania Is Treatable
Bipolar mania options include psychotherapy (from a licensed psychologist, social worker, or counselor) and/or medication, including mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and other treatments. Depakote is a medication option that many doctors prescribe to help patients manage their acute bipolar mania symptoms.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with acute bipolar mania, it's important to know you're not alone and medications may help. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.
Call Your Doctor for Any Unusual Changes in Mood or if You Think You Are Pregnant
Call Your Doctor for Any Unusual Changes in Mood or if You Think You
There is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior when taking any antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including Depakote, for any illness. Watch for new or worsening symptoms of depression, anxiety, agitation, panic, irritability, increased activity or talking, thoughts of dying or suicide, and decreased need for sleep. Call your doctor for any unusual changes in mood, behavior or symptoms.
Taking Depakote during pregnancy can harm your unborn baby; increasing the risk for serious birth defects [e.g. brain, spinal cord (spina bifida), heart, head, arms, legs and penis] and the risk of your child having a lower IQ.
Women taking Depakote should use an effective birth control and talk with their doctor about the best birth control method for them.