Why do you think you take unjustified risks when manic?
because i feel invincible
because i feel angry
because i like i have to make up for the time wasted during depressive episode
because i feel i have to keep doing things otherwise i will get depressed again
i am new here and i'm already asking for your help. I'm a psychology student and i'm about to start my final year project on bipolar disorder. The results of my piece of research may improve the understanding of bipolar condition and improve therapy techniques. The ultimate aim of course is to reduce human suffering..
I have personal reasons to be interested in this because my boyfriend is bipolar and I do know what it can be like and we have been through some really rough times together but we're still going anyway, I am specialising in clinical psychology and the question i'm trying to answer is this: why do people with bipolar disorder engage in risk taking, e.G. Going on shopping sprees, engaging in casual sex, taking recreational drugs/excessive drinking, driving too fast, etc.? It might seem like a simple question but I have racked my brain thinking about it. That's why I am asking for your help, guys. I need your ideas. Detailed accounts of how you felt before and during manic episode(s) involving dangerous/risky activities would be greatly appreciated. Basically, anything you can come up with will be a great help.