25 Symptoms And Signs Of Bipolar Disorder

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8. Extreme Pessimism

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Almost all of us are pessimists at one time or another, but bipolar patients take it to another level. Thinking worse-case scenario is a way for people to see and plan their next move, just like a chess player would.
Bipolar patients tend to (unintentionally) take pessimism to the extreme causing a dangerous cycle. Instead of using their thoughts to plan out what they need to do next, the opposite happens. Patients end up frozen on their tracks, unable to function because their irrational thoughts tell them that their actions could lead to tragedies and mishaps. The unfounded fear and uncertainty forces them to withdraw from others even more, spiralling them further into depression.