4 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder and Introversion

  • September 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I am extrovert. As a result I have many trustable and good friends, and that helps me when I start feeling depressed.

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  • September 29, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Whether I am introvert or extrovert depends on where I am with my Bipolar. Mostly I am introvert, but a positive manic episode will lead to me being extrovert. When I was younger I was definitely more extrovert – but I believe I lived mostly with positive manic bouts then (highs). This article has proven useful to me as it’s reiterating what I have started to learn – I NEED to spend more time alone self nurturing and soothing and work to my new strengths instead of battling to be the old me or feeling sad that I’m not. The new me has it’s own qualities.

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    • September 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Very interesting, Kazzy! I really like this description. I think when I was younger I was more extroverted too–it changed in high school for me big time, though. Thanks for your perspective.

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  • September 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I was definately more extroverted when I was younger. For me, its because life was very stable when I was young. I was always around the same people and doing the same thing. That pattern was healthy for me.

    My introversion increased as my depressed side of bipolar became more apparant.

    Today introversion is safer for me. I stay to myself and quiet because then people don’t really notice my high energy and low energy shifts. Plus, when I am low energy and want to be quiet no one thinks I am acting or being weird.

    Another reason is because people are always attracted to my high energy moods. I know I am not always like that but people dont know it and it can be very draining when someone wants me high energy and I dont have it to share and its frustrating for the other person because they feel like I dont want to be bothered. So, introversion is safer because it helps my appear stable

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