Psychosis is common for people with bipolar to experience during episodes of mania or depression.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania and depression. Some of us also have psychotic systems during these episodes.
It’s especially common for people in a full blown manic episode to have psychosis. Sometimes we have psychotic thoughts that stay inside and we act on them, but don’t say them out loud. Sometimes we will say the thoughts out loud and really scare the people who care about us! Here are a few examples of psychotic thoughts:
I am the devil and I should die.
The world is not real and these people around me are my enemies.
My husband is trying to poison me. I can only drink bottled water bought when no one is watching.
They are all rat bastards at work who are working with the man upstairs to have my head.
The next person who comes near me gets a swift kick in the swingers with the baseball bat of my mind.
The garden is full of pests and worms and needs to be purged.
I have a secret I can’t tell you, but it is so explosive it will expose the world for what it really is and I will be seen as the savior of us all.
I am not real and my life is actually a movie being filmed by a director who can’t show his face.
I am holding the world between my fingers. If I move my fingers, the world will blow up.
The number three is here to give me a message that I really need to get a grip and count to three each time I have a sexual thought.
Psychosis is a break with reality that involves hallucinations and delusions. People with bipolar disorder only have psychosis during a manic or depressed episode. If a person with bipolar disorder has psychosis when not in a manic or depressed episode, the diagnosis is schizo affective disorder.
Do you experience psychosis?