2. Mania: Racing Thoughts
During the manic phase of bipolar disorder, many individuals may experience racing thoughts. Their minds may be so full of ideas, inspiration, and emotions that they find it hard to deal with. This symptom may present itself in irregular speech patterns. “This flight of ideas sometimes occurs with pressured speech,” says Health.com. The affected individual may find it hard to continue with a conversation for more than a few seconds. The thoughts they experience may be disturbing or find connections between ideas where none is present.
On top of all this, racing thoughts in a bipolar patient is hard to diagnose because the individual might not recognize or want to admit “that their mind is racing out of control,” writes Health.com who spoke to Carrie Bearden, PhD, an associate professor in residence of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and psychology at the David Geffen School of Medical at UCLA.