It has taken years for us to come to grips with the fact my wife has BP.Fortunately, my wife is really good about taking her meds and seeking therapy.Their self-esteem soars out of control and it’s hard for them to sit still.They talk more, are easily distracted, their thoughts race, and they don’t sleep enough.What are some examples of our society’s “special” or “superior” people?Think about royalty, celebrities, presidents, third-world dictators. Lying does NOT appear in any list of bipolar disorder symptoms. For us, maybe more than for other people, the truth really can hurt!
So you have two choices: moderate the behaviors and/or moderate the expectations.However, many of us have had life experiences that lead us to conclude there is a definite connection between bipolar and lying. It is the signature line of Dr House on tv, and you can even buy a t-shirt proclaiming “everybody lies”. When several, or all, of these symptoms are combined, the likelihood of lying compounds and amplifies. Wish fulfillment, selfishness, delusion, deceit, egomania, self gratification, escapism – words often used to describe the psychic landscape of the liar are strikingly similar to the experience of bipolar mania.So in fairness to all of us with bipolar disorder, the issue could be more fairly cast as “do people with bipolar disorder tell EXTRA lies? In my opinion, bipolar and lying go together with bipolar grandiosity, diminished need for sleep, racing thoughts and overall impulsivity and impaired judgment.Symptoms include sadness, anxiety, loss of energy, hopelessness, and trouble concentrating.They may lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy. Stephen says – I’ve been married for 19 years to a woman who was diagnosed as BP 8 years ago.