Last night I found a book in my library that might be helpful to people who are newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and need information. It's called the Bipolar Puzzle Solution and it was written by Bryan L.Court (a bipolar survivor) and Gerald E. Nelson, M.D. (a psychiatrist). They answer 187 questions posed by support group members.
While I view this illness quite differently than Bryan, I recently realized that some people are visiting my blog because they have very specific questions. One of the issues is bipolar anger and rage. I've written about this subject, expressing my own opinion, but I think Brian provides some valid information, and basic solutions.
"An irritable mood is common in mania and hypomania. Sudden rage usually occurs when a person's "great" plans are ruined. I also have heard people describe the angry outbursts and ranges that they have while hypomanic or manic; sometimes anger is the most noticeable symptom of their hypomanic or manic episode. When I was either depressed or hypomanic, part of my anger came from frustration over my attempts to get help with the illness, and my irritable mood was a base on which to build anger. An irritable mood also can be present in the depressive phase of the illness.
"Irritability can be difficult to manage or control. Here are three things you can do that might help: (a) step back and recognize your irritability, (b) take time out from whatever you are doing, and (c) decrease sensory input, especially sound."
Question of the day: How do you handle bipolar anger, rage, and irritability?