Manic Episode Include Harming Valuables?
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Q:  Manic Episode Include Harming Valuables?


in the recent past i was diagnosed, with a type of depression and put on medication for 4 years i stopped taking it but i plan on going back,i was just wandering if a manic episode would include harm to valuables such as hitting or breaking them?

Dear Megan -- 
Yes.  A patient of mine just threw away a bunch of nice personal belongings while in a manic phase, really destroying a lot of things with meaning to him.  Of course, people who get really angry can hit or break their own stuff, even without having "bipolar disorder", so by itself it wouldn't be "diagnostic".

Dr. Phelps


Published December, 2001

 

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