At times, the Survivor will behave almost like a different person to the point where you may not recognize their mentality.
These are the times we do the most damage to our lives.
There will be times that the Survivor will do things that make absolutely no sense.
Sometimes the only explanation will be “I don’t know, I was unwell.” Unfortunately, a lot of the time even we don‘t understand why we did something. The extremes of Bipolar Disorder and Depression will drastically warp the way the Survivor perceives the world.
In their delusional state, they experience any attempt to limit their behavior (for example with the truth) as a malicious and unjustified act of control and domination.
Any effort to reason with them will be perceived as manipulative, and ironically may even be perceived as selfish or cruel.
Remember, in grandiosity the perception is not just of being special. This means having more value than others and more importance than others. The grandiose bipolar liar is not just the center of their own delusional universe – they are ABOVE others.
This may mean also being above the usual norms of behavior. This is why it is so typical for bipolar liars to not only express no remorse but to act as if they are actually the injured party.
It is not likely that you will ever truly be able to understand what the other person in the relationship equation experiences either with, or coping with, a Mood Disorder.
We naturally look at the situation from our own perspective with preconceptions of what we think is correct.
” Much as I hate to say it, my own experience leads me to say YES! They are afraid of the consequences of telling the truth. They feel compelled to cast themselves in a more favorable light. It is a “white lie” to make someone else feel better and has no malice in it. They are manipulative sociopaths or narcissists and enjoy the power that comes from deliberately deceiving and making fools out of other people. They are politicians or secret agents or parents or are in some other situation where it appears to them that the ends justify the means. The person with bipolar disorder may be experiencing a powerful sense of superiority and entitlement, and/or an unshakable conviction they are above the rules and/or an aching feeling of being misunderstood and under-appreciated – that is, the perfect storm!
However,bipolar and lying is a complex and nuanced issue and I hope you will keep reading to discover some of the factors that drive this apparent lack of honesty. It is easy to see why at least the first three of these common reasons for lying may come up frequently in the life of someone with bipolar disorder. Manic symptoms such as grandiosity and impulsiveness. During an episode, the normal self is temporarily replaced by someone who is convinced they are special and superior.
A person that lives with Bipolar Disorder or Depression comes to learn loss intimately.