Your sad, maybe your bipolar | BlackDoctor | Page 2

    When It’s Not The Blues

    Rapid Speech

    We all know someone who just loves to talk and fast at that.  But speech that’s just a little too fast, called pressured speech, is one of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder.

    Pressured speech occurs when someone is really not in a two-way conversation, but rather speaks at you and does a lot of interrupting and talking over you. Often times, they also jump around to different topics.

    Workplace Problems

    People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty at work because many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, complete the job at hand, and interact productively with coworkers and managers. Other than the obvious problems that result from irritability and trouble sleeping; inflated ego during a manic phase and depression at other times causes many interpersonal conflicts.

    Alcohol Or Alcohol Abuse

    Approximately 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse problem, usually alcohol. Many will drink when they are in a manic phase almost to slow down the exessive energy and  in turn use alcohol to improve their mood when they are depressed.

    Erratic Behavior

    When they are in a manic phase, people with bipolar disorder can have inflated self-esteem. Typically this results in spending sprees or extreme sexual behavior.  One sign the behavior is due to bipolar disorder is that the behavior is not consistent with what a person would normally do. The consequences are an afterthought.

    Racing Mind

    People with bipolar disorder often feel like their mind is racing and they can’t control or slow down their thoughts when they are in a manic phase.  People with bipolar disorder may not admit their thoughts are out of control, but speech patterns typically give it away. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor.


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