The Difference Between Anger and “Bipolar Anger”

The majority of people with bipolar disorder have experienced “bipolar anger,” a level of rage outside the “normal” range. But, what exactly is it?

There are many types of anger associated with bipolar disorder. Putting aside stereotypes is difficult, however. Not every single angry episode can be attributed to mental illness. Just as people who like football have varying degrees of fandom – some paint their faces and attend every game, while others listen on the radio while they mow the lawn – anger is the same way. That said, the majority of people with bipolar disorder have experienced “bipolar anger,” a level of rage and hostility outside of the “normal” range. But, what exactly is “bipolar anger?”

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When Bipolar Depression Lasts for Years

Bipolar depression can last for years. Now, I know, bipolar disorder is a cyclical illness – i.e. you cycle through various states like hypomania, mania, depression and euthymia (no symptoms). This is true. But it is also true that a person can get trapped in one of the mood states. This isn’t necessarily the most common manifestation of bipolar disorder, but it does happen. And usually, if you’re trapped in a particular mood state, it’s bipolar depression that lasts for years.

Years of Bipolar Depression

Yes, I’m one of those people who has been in a bipolar depression for years (of various severities). Occasionally, it’s been interrupted by a mixed mood or a hypomania, but those tiny punctuations are dwarfed by the massive bipolar depressions that surround them.

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14 Lies People With Bipolar Disorder (Sometimes) Tell

Everyone deserves to be honest about how they’re doing, but unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury. Whether because your family members don’t “get it,” your boss would never let you have a mental health day, or you’re too nervous to tell your friends how you’re really doing, if you live with bipolar disorder, you might find yourself telling a lie every once in a while to get through it all.

From lying about whether or not you’re manic, to pretending your medication helps you with a different condition, we asked people in our bipolar disorder community to share with us one lie they tell that relates to their life with bipolar disorder.

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The Excessive Labeling of Our Bipolar Emotions

The excessive labeling of our bipolar emotions, emotions related to bipolar disorder, can take away the joy of living. Here’s what I mean by that.

One of the significant challenges I faced after being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder was learning the ‘correct’ way to feel. It seemed that every emotion, idea or feeling I had was labeled as either good or bad. Unfortunately, it always leaned more towards the wrong side.

The excessive labeling of our bipolar emotions leads to not enough living. These are not labels related to bipolar stigma, but rather the labeling of our normal feelings and behaviors; the parts of bipolar disorder we tag as depression, hypomanic or manic.

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What I Wish Family & Friends Knew About Bipolar

Unless you have walked a mile in my shoes, there’s no way you will ever be able to understand what it’s like to have bipolar.

I don’t know a single person with bipolar disorder who doesn’t have that one friend or family member who just doesn’t get it. They either have no idea about mental illnesses in general or believe they are something you can “fix.”

For me, it’s more than frustrating; it’s downright cruel. You would think your family and friends would be there to support you. Unfortunately, you get the usual confusion and apathy. Or you get the anger.

Here are three basic premises that I wish they knew:

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Sex And The Manic Mind

What is this incessant need you have to prove to yourself and others that you’re sexy and desirable? It’s not good enough that you go out and flirt with other women or engage with them on social media, you have to tell me about it too. Is this a male thing? A bipolar thing? Or are you just an asshole?” 

One of the most difficult symptoms of mania for spouses/partners is the hypersexuality in bipolar disorder. Even amongst all the chaos, hostility and upheaval that can occur during a manic episode, I can remain calm, cool and collected most of the time but cheating…that would bring all of my understanding and sympathy to a screeching halt. I don’t think I’m alone here.

Every new manic episode seems to bring something new to the table. Yay!

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What You Need To Know About Growing Older With Bipolar Disorder

Maturity and years of accumulated knowledge can yield a better grasp of how to maintain balance. Here’s some wisdom to help strengthen your ability to live well with bipolar disorder:

Shifts in mood

Research tells us the pattern of mood episodes shifts in later years. Older adults may be more susceptible to rapid cycling, or four episodes of depression or mania over the course of twelve months.

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How To Control Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition in which a person experiences debilitating bouts of depression, hypomania and abnormally elevated moods, often accompanied by euphoria and/or grandiosity. In extreme cases, mania can escalate to include paranoia and psychosis if left untreated. Patients with bipolar disorder may also exhibit symptoms related to mixed mood states, where a person is experiencing both a depressive and a manic episode simultaneously.

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No excuses—Own Your Anger and Frustration

Having bipolar is not a free pass for temper tantrums and destructive choices. Learn to disengage and make amends when necessary.

Over the years as I learned more about my illness, I realized that impaired judgment and angry outbursts…are symptoms of bipolar disorder.

When I learned this, part of me felt relieved. Like “I’m not just a this angry, insensitive jerk.”

There was a reason for having a lower stress tolerance and for me getting more easily frustrated. I even shared this with some family members and close friends.

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When Bipolar Depression Lasts for Years

Bipolar depression can last for years. Now, I know, bipolar disorder is a cyclical illness – i.e. you cycle through various states like hypomania, mania, depression and euthymia (no symptoms). This is true. But it is also true that a person can get trapped in one of the mood states. This isn’t necessarily the most common manifestation of bipolar disorder, but it does happen. And usually, if you’re trapped in a particular mood state, it’s bipolar depression that lasts for years.

Years of Bipolar Depression

Yes, I’m one of those people who has been in a bipolar depression for years (of various severities). Occasionally, it’s been interrupted by a mixed mood or a hypomania, but those tiny punctuations are dwarfed by the massive bipolar depressions that surround them.

And believe me, in those years of bipolar depression I have tried every medication cocktail known to man. We’ve tried everything there is so we’ve had no choice but to go back to previous medications (and, actually, we’re having some success with that).

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