Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, can lead an individual through complicated and overwhelming emotions that sometimes lead to self-destructive behavior.
Self-injury and risky decision making can make bipolar disorder dangerous to your health and your life, but there is help available.
Bipolar disorder is the clinical name for manic depression. Although there are varying types of bipolar disorder, in most cases it causes episodes of mania followed by episodes of deep depression.
It is easy to see how bipolar disorder — or manic depression — can get out of control quickly.
Manic depression causes an overwhelming rush of emotions that make logical decision-making difficult. As long as bipolar disorder is untreated, there is a risk of making destructive choices that can lead to lasting consequences. A moment of anger can cause a violent rage that is out of character.
A week of severe depression can lead a person to quit his or her job, cut ties with friends or family or make other poor decisions. Mania may lead to an increase in drug or alcohol use, extramarital affairs, impulsive spending and driving and other destructive decisions.
The intense feelings of bipolar disorder often lead manic-depressive people to seek relief by any means necessary. Some people struggle to cope and end up harming themselves to feel some relief of built-up tension through the release of pain.
Without thinking about the consequences, some bipolar people cut or burn themselves to inflict pain and injury. Self-harm is more common among bipolar people than the general population. In some situations, self-harm can lead to accidental suicide or serious injury.
You can get help for your bipolar disorder today. We can help. Our toll-free helpline is a completely confidential resource to help you find treatment, speak with an admissions coordinator, gain support and more. We can help you find a program that can meet your needs, your insurance coverage and your desires. Please call 615-490-9376 now, and find out how we can help you.
By Becca Owens, Contributing Writer
1 “Bipolar Disorder.” National Institute of Mental Health, April 2016.
2 Goldberg, Joseph, “Bipolar Disorder and Self-Injury.” Web MD, February 20, 2018.