I don’t have the two thought processes in my one brain to compare.This is not to say that we all think the same way; nevertheless, I do have some ideas on how people with bipolar disorder think that seem to stand out amongst the “normals.” Your average person may have obsessive thoughts, now and then, I don’t know, but what I do know is that people with bipolar disorder have obsessive thoughts a lot of the time.—————————————————————————————————————————————— Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and consultant from the Pacific Northwest.She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.I’m 43, diagnosed rapid-cycling bipolar I in 2000; the onset was when I was 12. I endured severe depression for a long period during which my mother told me that I was the emotional barometer for our family; I had to be happy so everyone else would be. When I was 19 I had my first child and married his father when I was 20. The marriage was a huge mistake; he was mentally and verbally abusive and I finally gave up and left him in 2000 or 2001 after [against his permission] I went to my psychiatrist and was diagnosed.
People with bipolar disorder are constantly trying to figure out what a “normal” and “reasonable” thought process and reaction would be in any given situation.
This is a page I have wanted to write for a long time because it is SUCH an important topic, and because it is the issue I get the most questions and requests about.
However, it is a difficult subject for me personally because this was the main way my bipolar symptoms became obvious, and my most serious manic episode manifested.
These obsessive bipolar thoughts may be a repeating song from the radio, scenarios (such as a suicide scene) or a replaying of events (often negative ones), but obsessive thoughts seem to be the rule rather than the exception.
Note that research bears this out indicating that people with bipolar disorder have higher rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder than the average population. And, of course, there are all the thoughts that go along with these things.
This is an interesting question: how does a person with bipolar disorder think?