It’s normal for men to experience a range of moods, some days feeling elated and others feeling morose. Men with bipolar disorder, however, will experience recurring episodes between feeling exceedingly energized and profoundly depressed. Since men tend to suppress their emotions to exhibit self-control, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be hidden, especially from loved ones.
The intense ups and downs of bipolar disorder can lead to dangerous behaviours that have severe impacts on a guy’s life. So how do men, who are likely to suppress their feelings rather than acknowledge the internal war they’re facing, know when they’re experiencing bipolar disorder? Guys experience the highs as being on top of the world and invincible, which leads to the use of illegal substances and risky behaviour. The lows appear as debilitating depression and potentially suicidal thoughts.
Some guys can experience both depression and mania at the same time, which can be especially confusing. In collaboration with a psychiatrist, our counselling and coaching services can help you manage your symptoms and help you move on with your life.
The symptoms and number of bipolar episodes a guy can experience will vary, but depressed episodes will last at least two weeks, and manic episodes can last for days or weeks. Men can experience both depression and mania at the same time, resulting in feeling both low and full of energy. Here’s what bipolar disorder can feel like:
01 Depression symptoms
02 Mania symptoms
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