Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by mood swings. Extreme highs such as mania or hypomania, and extreme lows such as depression are all included in bipolar disorder. A bipolar person’s present mood state can have an impact on how they think.
Here are some common ways a person with bipolar disorder may think:
During a manic episode:
• Racing thoughts:
A person with bipolar disorder may have an accelerated thought process, where their thoughts race from one idea to the next, making it difficult to focus on one thing.
An individual with bipolar disorder may follow their impulses without considering the repercussions, leading them to engage in unsafe actions or make impulsive purchases.
They could find it challenging to concentrate on a single job or concept at a time since their concentration is always wandering.
• High energy level:
They might act more animatedly or speak more frequently than usual because they feel as though they have more energy.
During a depressive phase:
• Negative thoughts:
The person may have negative thoughts about themselves, their situation, or the future. They may feel hopeless or worthless.
• Lack of interest:
They may have a loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed, and may withdraw from social interactions or hobbies.
• Poor concentration:
They may have difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and may feel like their thoughts are slowed down or foggy.
• Suicidal thoughts:
In severe cases, a person with may experience thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
• Rapid mood changes:
They may experience sudden and intense changes in mood, sometimes with no apparent trigger.
It’s crucial to remember that not everyone with bipolar disorder may experience all of the symptoms and the condition can present itself in different ways for different people.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have bipolar disorder, it’s important to seek professional help from a mental health provider.