Bipolar Disorder Rage Violence
Sure, having a mental illness does not mean that you will be violent. Still, some of us with mental illness, myself included, do have or have had violent thoughts and impulses. For the most part, I have not acted on mine, at least not the worst of them. I have raised my voice, flipped the dinner table over, and thrown my iPad. Some people like me need treatment to control violent thoughts and impulses.


37 responses to “Bipolar, Rage & Violence”

  1. Very true. Symptoms, including rage, still occur. Even well medicated, I’ve flipped the kitchen table and thrown my old iPad on the ground breaking it.

  2. Although medication is given and some effective. It doesn’t stop the rage completely. I’ve done things from the cause of my disorder and it hurts to think of the amount of rage I have during my moments.

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  4. Read my story and follow my fight to battle bipolar depression

  5. Yep. We can be hardest on ourselves.

  6. I struggle greatly with my rage. It’s sadly, often taken out on myself, also.

  7. It really is. She’s on vacation (no fill in) but I have an appointment set for the day she comes back.

  8. Think of it as “mild” mania. What I must protect against when socially stimulated, that and exhaustion.

  9. Howdy, I think I understand yet not very well? Regardless, I expect it is unpleasant, for sufferers and their families? Cheers Jamie.

  10. So important that we own it, especially because it affects those closest to us, those we love and who love us.

  11. I too experience issues with rage and violent thoughts, super-ultra kudos for being willing to talk about it when so many think doing so will create more fear instead of help us understand it!

  12. Definitely time to see your psychiatrist when you’re angry all the time. Intolerable state.

  13. The clinical term “hypomanic” refers to a state that is more manic than normal, but less than manic.
    “Hypomania (literally “under mania” or “less than mania”) is a mood state characterized by persistent disinhibition and pervasive elevated (euphoric) with or without irritable mood but generally less severe than full mania.” – wikipedia

  14. It seems like I’m angry all the time right now. I guess one of my meds isn’t doing the trick. sigh

  15. Kitt, isn’t hypo meaning “less than” and hyper means “more than”. Like hypertension, etc.It would make sense when someone is hyper manic. To be overly symptomatic. Since I know little, about mental health except through my last marriage.
    When my ex. displayed many strange [to me] attitudes. Of sometime maniacal behaviour patterns. I urged her to seek medical help, toward the end of our relationship. One day she told me she was bipolar. The next she denied this was true? Since we no longer talk in such intimate ways, I am left a bit frustrated with it. Although a good friend of hers told me last year that she. My ex. Had exhibited such odd behaviour and a mean attitude toward her, too. Then she said that it was not really surprising given the family history? Some of which actually made sense. Cheers Jamie.

  16. No, we don’t. Well done controlling it. I find that when I’m stable, I do not rage. When the balance is tipped and I’m hypomanic, then I must watch myself, for my temper is short.

  17. I’m usually able to control my rage, but not always. But, as you said, I have controlled the worst of it. We really don’t need another symptom.

  18. Yup, you are right…

  19. Oh that rage! Its so awful to experience because its overpowering, and totally not who I am as a person. Dealing with the subsequent guilt is also difficult… But yes, meds, therapy, and social support are very helpful in managing those symptoms…

  20. you’re very welcome Sister and God bless!

  21. I agree. My wife’s mental illness explains her behavior but it does not excuse it.

  22. Yes. This was originally a devil’s advocate response to that fact. We must still own up to the effects our symptoms have.

  23. Meds and therapy have most helpful to me, too.

  24. I’m actually doing quite well right now. Great suggestion for nutritional supplement.

  25. Taking care of yourself comes first.

  26. Thank you. Exercise, proper nutrition, and support helps.

  27. Thank you for sharing, Vincent!

  28. I have found medication and psychotherapy very useful in controlling my bipolar symptoms. That does not mean that I’m symptom-free. I must be mindful of my moods, thoughts and behavior, and how I affect others.

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    Me too

  30. I totally empathize with this. I see that, while my wife is quick to anger and vent, she is not a violent person.
    If I remember right, according to NAMI people with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims of violence as opposed to being the perpetrator.

  31. Kitt, I can empathize. Before I was diagnosed, before I got on medication, I would throw things, too. I actually saved empty beer bottles in my garage so when I lost my temper I would go out and throw them at the wall. Once while driving I became so angry with a driver who cut me off in traffic I put my fist into my windshield and cracked it into a spider web. I think that’s when I finally knew I needed help. Thankfully, my meds combo have literally saved my life.

  32. Howdy Kitt, Ionic magnesium, might be helpful in achieving a better relaxed state? Cheers Jamie

  33. I hope you find more help for the support group. I can feel the emotion closing the support group for women.

  34. These are all great suggestions, Lekhamsire, and I follow them; however, I suggest finding a support group and not creating one.
    After much deliberation, last week I closed my women’s support group that I created 2 years ago. It was a bittersweet decision. However, to create and facilitate a group is stressful & takes time/energy to run. (No one else stepped up to assist me, although I put the word out time and again – if I ever created another group I’d find a partner to do it with!)
    My amazing friend Kitt has enough on her plate, i.e. demands at this time with caregiving her parents and special events coming up… 🙂 Take care and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  35. Hi Kitt to control the violent thought and behavior try regular exercise, sleep a little more to rest your brain, also take more of fresh fruits, vegetables, soy protein not too much meat, create a support group, talk and listen more to your family and keep journal.
    I am not a doctor but these are the things which may help.

  36. Sadly, rage is often uncontrollable…

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