People with bipolar disorder have a mood related disorder. Everyone experiences moods – but what is a normal mood and what is an abnormal mood? We first need to understand moods.
Typical moods can be feeling happy, sad, excited, or disappointed. A mood can be a persons general tone of disposition.
When in a good mood a person is much more friendly, easier to get along with, calm and generally good natured. Being in a good mood also helps a person to be more energetic and even more talkative. A person can be in a good mood based on their current situation – A sunny day, a birthday party, a vacation in Hawaii.
When in a sad mood people tend to be quieter, less responsive, not as free thinking and less productive. There may be periods of self-doubt, worry, and periods of low physical energy. People in a sad mood may be less affectionate and less in the mood to communicate. A person can be in a bad mood based on their current physical situation – a rainy day, a funeral, financial stress.
It is normal to experience both good and bad moods when you are not bipolar. It is the level of moods that classify a person as bipolar.
A person with bipolar disorder will have more extreme ranges of their moods which will not be related to their current physical situation. It is important to understand moods and the difference between normal moods and abnormal moods when dealing with bipolar disorder.