Is there a link between my sudden outbursts of aggression and my bipolar disorder?
- 21 Oct 2009 by Arno
- 16 January 2010
- bipolar disorder
It is definitely possible. Bipolar people have mood swings and can become easily aggrevated/agitated. Are you taking any meds for your bipolar condition? If you are and this has started recently, you need to inform your doctor because he/she may need to adjust your dosage. Hope this helps.
Hi Arno - Yes, absolutely! I too have bipolar disorder and have these bursts of rage as well. Most people think bipolar is extremes between happy/sad or manic/depression, but outbursts of aggression are also considered to be 'manic' episodes. I am taking Lamictal which seems to be one of the better meds especially when taken with an anti-depressant. I would talk to your doctor and see if he/she thinks you may be a candidate. Good luck to you - it's not often I see someone who's bipolar is similar to mine.
Yes, Arno, I do believe it is part of being bipolar. My husband was diagnosed during an extreme manic episode. He had already had ONE major depression. He has never had any extreme manic episodes or depressive episodes since. BUT--he does fly off the handle for little things that should not matter and he does not listen to me when in these aggressive, agitated, most of the time mean, moods. He is on 50mg. Seroquel and is still seeing a therapist. I just hope to god the medicine is working, even if we have to up it. His nasty-sometimes-attitude wreaks havoc on our lives. Good Luck. laurena1
I too am Bi-polar with anger outbursts most always over the smallest thing. I read where you have already tried what has worked best for me... Seroquel. My doctor started me on only 50mg at bedtime and has worked me up to 200mg which is a relativity low dose. I have a friend who is on Trazadone and that works better for him than Seroquel. My anger outbursts almost cost me my marriage. I wish you good luck on find the medication or combination of medications that work for you.
I would most defintly say yes, there could be. I find myself gettin aggravated and mad about the littlest things. I have a 4 year old daughter and I feel so horrible cause the littlest things she does sometimes can make me fly of the handle. Its the same with my husband. He can say or do something that will just piss me off.
I call my outbursts "inapropriate response to anger". I get angry with what I difine as injustices and label my ourburst as a "well worded fiery response". However, my husband has a personality disorder that includes narcisism. He thinks he is Moe of the three stooges. He is just as inadequate as the next, but directs inadequacy at me. I get so frustrated trying to reason with him that eventually when he won't leave me to myself, I have an outrageous outburst. I suppose I wouldn't react that way if I weren't bi-polar, but I don't know that a normal person wouldn't react to him. One of his employees threatened to do him bodily injury! I tend to believe, however, that my outbursts are a reaction to out of control chemical misfires. I also am certain that stress brings on this tendency of us bi-bolar people.
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