Bipolar Ruminations

July 22, 2009 | 12 Comments

Category: Autism Features

Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard a Terry Gross interview with a woman author.  I don’t recall her name or the books she wrote, but she described the experience of being a bipolar author and finding herself frequently saying things she wished she hadn’t.  The author noted that the condition in its manic stage is characterized by the sharing of inappropriate words and behaviors and a difficulty identifying conventional boundaries.

I grew up with a bipolar mother, yet I’d never made the connection between the manic phase of the condition and Asperger’s, where individuals often can’t easily intuit appropriate words and behavior.  The connection suggests several questions.

Is a bipolar person having this difficulty identifying social convention boundaries during the manic stage having this same difficulty in the depression stage?  During the depression stage, is the difficulty just not obvious because of the diminution in engagement?  Or, is there an endocrinological foundation to this difficulty, with swings in hormone levels mirroring these changes in behavior?

Many women experience radical swings in mood before, during and after menstruation.  If I remember right, progesterone levels can plummet, resulting in mood changes, and in some women, migraines.  My mother was bipolar, and she had frequent migraines.  Might there be a connection between the hormone changes in a woman’s cycle and the mood swing changes in bipolar personality disorder that suggest an understanding of the hormonal underpinnings of Asperger’s and autism?

Again, going off memory, I believe bipolar disorder in women is often characterized by early puberty.  What might the relationship be between the timing of pubertal onset and these conditions?

Are the bipolar more likely to be from families with left-handers, as is the case with autism and Asperger’s?

Might there be a different etiology for male and female bipolar persons based on the rate and timing of maturation, as I hypothesize is the case for autism and Asperger’s?  The onset of schizophrenia is very different for men and women, coming later with women.

Might there be different forms of bipolar disorder, depending on pubertal onset?

OK, I have way more questions here than I have information to suggest patterns.


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  2. janet on November 17, 2010 5:47 pm

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  5. me on March 6, 2012 3:53 pm

    ok your questions are off the mark, they will get you no where. the questions you should ask are how did the person relate and react to their social environments before onset of first episode. how where they behaving and showing signs of aspergers’s when not having severe episodes of manic depressive ilness. could there be a dual diagnosis of a patient having both aspergers and manic depression. could the level of attention given to the episode symptoms be inhibiting professionals to distiguish between aspergers and manic and depressive symptoms, is the persons level of care seemingly neglected that has bipolar no matter who treats them over the course of thier life. how do they personally identify with a person who has aspergers and is highly functional level expressing what they go through and does the bipolar patient feel relieved after a preiod of time if they identify with a asperger syndrome diagnosed person. has the patient shown medication sensitivity and or reluctancy during med compliance to all drugs for the mood symptoms. is there value for the patient in that they could be better treated if aspergers is a additional diagnosis, are there other diagnosis that could be similar to aspergers that the patient seems to exibit as well as manic depression. your ideas to co relate bipolar with aspergers are very interesting to you, but they dont ask the right questions, cause if it is related to some patients the awareness that could bring to the patient should help them get better treatment. you cant explain manic depression away. you cant link it to another disorder. but if say i have manic depression and also aspergers, then i would be doubly blessed to know of both, but also to know where they arent linked so that i could address both in treatment, and to understnad how they could inter react with me if i had both that would make my ilness harder to treat without knowledge of both, but manic depression is very real to most manic depressives, and if they can relate also to aspergers in a very real way without rationalizing the realness of manic depression into a fantasy of new theaory and escapism from their stigmas, then it could be of value to some manic depressives.

    consider that one of the symptoms of auspergers syndrome is very difficult to express feelings and moods, not understanding how to communicate them as others, but also being overwhelming as mania and depression is overwhelming. the right environments and social pressures could trigger a aspergers syndrome to overtly express emotions in this child like, undeveloped way as an extreme, which to me manic dpression is a mental inless and a devlomental disorder for some as well, and if the emotions of a aspergers syndrome diagnosed person could manifest overtly and outside of themselves then manic depression medications could help aspergers syndrom patients benifit from thier un controlable overwhelming moods that they internalize and do not express. but it is not a co relation unless there is a dual diagnosis of both. i am sorry but test my reasoning and you’ll find it is possible to have both, it is possible that mood stabilizers might work for auspergers syndrome and may not need the same dosages range that manic depressives recieve and or need. but the two are not linked as it is possible to have manic depression and no aspergers syndrome symptoms at all.

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