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Can mania lead to risky behavior with bipolar disorder?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Mania is associated with impulsive and risky behavior. People experiencing mania tend to try to do a lot of things at once, including things you typically wouldn’t or shouldn’t do (like spending a lot of money, talking to random people on the street, quitting your job, or engaging in risky sexual activity). Think Charlie Sheen. While he may not have mania, the behaviors he has publicly exhibited are similar to those people with hypomania or actual mania.

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