"I have had a number of patients who have had affairs who never would have done that if they weren't in a manic episode ...during this episode they exhibited behavior that is not consistent with what they would do normally," he said. Sleep problems People with bipolar disorder often have sleep problems."Hypomania can be a pretty enjoyable state, really," Dr. A person's mood can be elevated, they may have a lot of energy and creativity, and they may experience euphoria.
During a manic phase, they may not sleep enough--but still never feel tired.I am writing this for anyone who is dating someone that is bipolar or is thinking about dating someone that is bipolar.I wish I had done more research prior to my involvement with my ex-fiancÃ©e.Everyone has bad days, which is one reason this kind of bipolarity is much harder to recognize. But "pressured speech" is one of the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder.This kind of speech occurs when someone is really not in a two-way conversation, Dr. The person will talk rapidly and if you try to speak, they will likely just talk over you.This flight of ideas sometimes occurs with pressured speech.People with bipolar may not recognize or admit that their mind is racing out of control, says Dr. They will also sometimes jump around to different topics."What's kind of a red flag is when it is atypical for the person to talk like this," doing it only when they are in manic cycle but not at other times, she says. Trouble at work People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty in the workplace because so many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, do their job, and interact productively with others.In addition to having problems completing tasks, they may have difficulty sleeping, irritability, and an inflated ego during a manic phase, and depression at other times, which causes excessive sleeping and other mood problems. Alcohol or drug abuse About 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse problem, particularly alcohol use, Dr. Many people will drink when they are in a manic phase to slow themselves down and 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 an inflated self-esteem.A lot of the workplace problems can be interpersonal ones, Dr. "They feel grandiose and don't consider consequences, everything sounds good to them," Dr. Two of the most common types of behavior that can result from this are spending sprees and unusual sexual behavior.