Bipolar II – Arrogance, Pride, and No Suicide
Bipolar II has a symptom of arrogance that can prevent suicide. I take pride in my condition: Chronic Hypo Mania aka Bipolar II. My arrogance, or ego, has always kept me alive, and has prevented me from suicidal ideations or any suicidal attempts. Thank God.
The role of arrogance to escape suicide and find balance through pride goes as follows…
Arrogance is a big symptom of Bipolar II. Similar to a Bipolar I manic episode, you can experience elevated thoughts and grandiose ideations. Yes, at times this can get me in trouble, but, it is my underlying arrogance that has kept me alive. I think to myself, “I have way too much to accomplish in this world, so much to contribute, so why would I even entertain a suicidal thought.” Sounds arrogant, yes, but I’ll take it, for it keeps me alive and away from suicide. However…
That grandiose behavior has landed me in situations where I have acted suicidal. Thinking you are invincible will get you in some compromising situations. Racing thoughts, and the belief you are above whatever “it” is, or able to go beyond reasonable measures, can go south real fast. It’s important to find a balance when your ego takes over. And finding balance comes with having some pride.
In my experience working with the mentally ill, I come across shame and denial. Maybe the answer is finding a way to take pride in your condition. When I lose my arrogance, and take pride in owning my condition, I find balance. And isn’t balance all that a hypomanic person hopes to find?
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Loberg, E. (2013). Bipolar II – Arrogance, Pride, and No Suicide. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 6, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/05/02/bipolar-ii-arrogance-pride-and-no-suicide/