Q: I’ve been battling with bipolar disorder for a number of years, and while, at first, everything seemed to be fine (with ongoing treatment), now I find that I’m not sure if things are still okay with me – even my friends and family have noticed slight changes in my behavior. Could something more serious be going on?
A: It depends. If your changes in behavior are expected responses to a particular situation, then probably not. However, if your behavior suggests that you are engaging in more impulsive behaviors than before, have become more withdrawn or angry, or that your safety and/or the safety of others is compromised, then I think it wise to immediately seek psychiatric treatment.