Do Bipolars Remember What They Said/Did During an Episode
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Q:  After coming down from a manic episode, do bipolars remember what they said and did during the episode?

Dear Ms. R' -- 
It seems like sometimes the answer is no, or at least complicated, in that people seem to act as though they don't remember.  But in most people I've worked with, including perhaps especially those who were really ill with "psychosis" (loss of contact with reality, often to the point of being unresponsive to us folks in the "real world" when they were admitted to the hospital), they seem to remember extremely well the things that happened, including what I said at least if not what they said, even while it would not have appeared they could possibly understand anything I said.  

I bet there's another question behind your question, like should your friend/family member be held responsible for something said or done, or something like that.  Please be careful there.  That could be a far more complicated issue, if I'm guessing right, than whether she/he can remember.  Good luck figuring this out (or coping, trying to accept things, if no figuring is working out). 

Dr. Phelps


Published May, 2002 


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