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

Is Bipolar Anger a Medication Side Effect?

Now, it is possible that the reason that anger is not recognized as a symptom of bipolar disorder is because it, indeed, is not a symptom of bipolar disorder and is, instead, a side effect from bipolar medication. I have no way of proving this to be true or false, so I’m just throwing it out there. I will say that my bipolar anger has developed over many years, and wasn’t there initially, so it’s quite possible that it is related to the medication that I take. (And I have noticed that some medications can make me unabashedly angry and irritated; I’ve gotten off of those medications for that reason.)

It Doesn’t Matter Why You Have Bipolar Anger; It Matters What You Do with It

I do believe, also, that many people are angry at bipolar disorder in general. People are angry at being sick. People are angry they have to take medication. People are, quite reasonably, angry at having to deal with all the pain and suffering that comes from this disease.

But no matter why you’re angry, and no matter if it really is a symptom of bipolar disorder, what matters is that you don’t take that anger out on other people. Rages aren’t okay even if that anger is being driven by an illness. Taking your anger out on others is not helpful for your relationships, is not healthy and hurts people. You need to recognize the anger within yourself and learn to deal with it in a less harmful way.

Sometimes this means a medication adjustment (yes, this can help) so talk to your doctor about your anger and don’t hide it from him or her. Sometimes this can mean gaining new coping skills to deal with your strong emotions like learning about cognitive behavioral therapy. And sometimes this means delving into other reasons that may be making your angry, perhaps with the help of therapist.

No matter what you choose to do, one thing I know for sure is that you don’t want to let anger control your life or your interactions with others because that will hurt them and, ultimately, you.

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