Anger Is Not a Symptom of Bipolar Disorder, Or Is It?

If you search the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, you will see that anger is not a symptom of bipolar disorder. If you search the International Classification of Diseases manual (maintained by the World Health Organization) you will see that anger is not a symptom of bipolar disorder. It doesn’t appear to be recognized, or even proposed, that a symptom of bipolar disorder is anger.

The trouble with this seems to be that many people do experience anger, irritation and aggression as symptoms of their bipolar disorder. I am one of those people.

Anger Is Not a Symptom of Bipolar Disorder?

As I said, anger is not, in any way, a recognized symptom of bipolar disorder, but in my experience, and in the experience of many others, anger seems to be associated with bipolar disorder. In my case, I find myself full of anger, hatred and irritation so much of the time it’s astounding. And they are not my “normal” states. I’m actually quite a positive person naturally. These states are atop my normal. I can feel it.

But that doesn’t mean that the feelings of anger, irritation and hatred of everything are any less real. (I don’t experience aggressiveness.)

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