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Can mania affect the relationships of people with bipolar disorder?

Ellen Frudakis
Health Education
The effects of mania on relationships can appear different depending on whom you talk to -- the person with bipolar disorder or the person without it. For example, when I was manic I thought I was much more fun to be around. But to others, possibly, my presence was a whirlwind of confusing energy. Manic behaviors are easily misunderstood, often leaving people wondering if they can trust your behavior, and your relationships can become strained or even dissolve. Additional symptoms that can make socializing difficult are restlessness, irritability, paranoia, incoherent speech, and grandiose thoughts. 

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