What Causes This Strange Behavior
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Q:  What Causes This Strange Behavior

When I start becoming ill, or having a new episode, I suffer from overwhelming urges to do ridiculous and dangerous things, such as jump from high rise buildings, throw myself out of cars, trash shops and houses, physically assault people. These urges are so overwhelming, and are now again under control thanks to Olanzapine (I was taken off Thioridazine and the Olanzapine was the replacement). But what is causing hits strange behaviour? It is not a suicide bid, and there are no suicidal thoughts. Is it a symptom of mania, or is it a symptom of mild psychosis? I have experienced this many times, during manic episodes. I am BipolarI, by the way.


Dear Sarah -- 
Ah, you're on the olanzapine now.  Sounds like it helps.  Your urges sound like symptoms from the "manic" side of things.  I'm going to step out of the way and let you and your doctor figure this out now.  Good luck to you both.  

Dr. Phelps

Published December, 2001



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