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Bipolar and Anger- Mental Illness and Erratic Behavior

Updated on June 30, 2020

Explosive Behavior and Why

Anger and mental illness
Anger and mental illness | Source

What Is Bi-Polar Disorder?

I'm sure almost everyone has heard of the word "bi-polar." Bi-polar disorder is a disease in which the body cannot seem to stabilize the mood, energy, activity level and more. People that are bi-polar can seem super "high" then seem super "low." In fact, we almost use the word nonchalantly as if it was a "normal" every day word. In fact, living with someone bi-polar can be a nightmare and we really need to stop using the word so frivolously.

What Causes Bi-Polar Disease?

I would like to give you information on why people have explosive behavior before I go into the interview. Explosive behavior is sometimes linked to a disorder called "Intermittent Explosive Disorder." Intermittent explosive disorder is the non-ability to stop aggressive impulses. They get totally out of control and cannot stop themselves. Anything could cause someone with this disorder to blow at any any second. One day they are laughing and the next day, if someone irritates them even just a little, they literally go off the deep end.

Do not be surprised if you live someone who is bipolar or has intermittent explosive disorder, to have things been broken in your home. People with this disorder has been known to throw things, kick things, and punch things. They do like to yell and belittle you and can downright hurt your feelings.

It makes it hard for others to be around a person with this disorder because they are literally waiting for the fuse to go off.

Angry Kid

Although this picture is adorable of an angry kid, it's not adorable when it's real.
Although this picture is adorable of an angry kid, it's not adorable when it's real.

Diagnosing Explosive Disorder or Behavior

Diagnosing IED is made after a series of other conditions are ruled out. The conditions that are ruled out first are usually:

  • Personality Disorder

  • Bi-Polar Disorder

  • Manic Depressive

  • Split personalities

  • ADHD

  • Alzheimers

  • Brain Tumors

Other Types of Mental Conditions

There are a lot of mental conditions and/or health problems that could go along with explosive behavior and it is best to seek medical help. Statistics show that it is hard to get the person with this disease to admit they have a problem; therefore making it hard to even get one to go seek help. The person with the disease says thinks everyone else is the blame for making them angry, and that the one they are blaming is the problem of the situation and not them. It is very difficult for others to be around people with mental conditions.

Treatment for Explosive Behaviors

The good news is that there are treatments available to help people with this disease. There is a combination of medicines and therapy available that do wonders. However; the problem is getting the person to admit they have the problem and getting them to a health professional for help.

Road Rage

Road Rage Kills
Road Rage Kills | Source

The Interview With Someone With IED

The interview I am doing is with a friend of mine and her brother has Intermittent Explosive Disorder. He agreed to do this interview with me. Today is his so called "good day." Maybe later, it may be different.

Questions I Asked

  1. What makes you angry with people?
  2. Do you think you have a problem with anger?
  3. Do you consider yourself a nice person?
  4. Do you agree your house walks on eggshells?
  5. Have you tried to control your temper?
  6. Would you admit you have problem?
  7. Why don't you go see a Dr. about the anger?
  8. Do you see yourself as the victim in this?
  9. Suggestions for others that live with you?
  10. Do you think your rage will get worse?

Answers From The "Jerk"

  1. They just piss me off and don't listen.
  2. Yes, but if people would listen or pay attention, then I wouldn't get so angry
  3. Sometimes. I would give you the shirt off my back if you needed it. I don't see myself as an ass like everyone else.
  4. Yes, and I don't know why. Always assuming the worse is going to happen at home.
  5. I really don't know if I tried before or not. I probably have, but again, I don't have the problem.
  6. Sometimes I just feel like I want to jump out of my skin. I never hurt anyone, it's just I do get pissed off easy.
  7. I don't want to go on medicine and if people would just do what I ask, then everything would be okay.
  8. OH ya, I'm the victim. It's always my fault and I'm the ass. No one does anything wrong.
  9. That's why I live with my other brother, he understands me and he gets mad too.
  10. I don't know, it depends. I just get mouthy at people, I don't consider myself an ass like my sister says I am.

Warning Sign-This Is What It's Like

Warning Sign of an angry person
Warning Sign of an angry person

Final Thought

Well, there ya go. That's the answers a person with explosive behavior gives. By the way, he got ticked off at my questions. Imagine that! Just let me say, I know this person very well and they have a heart of gold. (not kidding). As he said, he would give you the shirt off his back and bend over backwards if you needed him. Maybe that's why he doesn't have a girlfriend because he's so angry all the time.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder Video

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    • Fossillady profile image


      7 weeks ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very interesting, I had never heard of IED. I have a niece who has been diagnosed with bipolar. She can be explosive and can't hold down a job because of it. She tries so hard and her life is difficult. It effects the entire family. Life is difficult enough. The rest of us need to count our blessings. Thanx for sharing.

    • Pico Triano profile image


      6 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      Will do.

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central USA

      Well that's wonderful that he's trying and he has you guys support. That's so great you really support him the way that you do ! that's so nice to hear. If you think about it pop in once in a while and let me know how he's progressing

    • Pico Triano profile image


      6 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      He is improving. He gets a shot every 28 days and temporarily he gets a muscle relaxant. He understands a great deal about his condition wanting to learn all he can and hopes to lead a normal life. Been a weird ride. We're doing our best to support him.

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central USA

      Well how is your son doing? They have a decent meds good enough for schizophrenia and supposedly is much better than bipolar medicine. But trying to get a family member to admit they even have a problem is really impossible. Thanks for your comment and good luck to you

    • Pico Triano profile image


      6 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      I met at least one Bipolar individual while visiting the psychiatric ward at the hospital. My oldest son is schizophrenic otherwise I wouldn't have been there. Generally the patients don't discuss their diagnoses with each other. I only learned bits and pieces of his friend's story though. Mental illness is a big challenge for the whole family.

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you Chatkath- It is a serious illness that does need to be addressed. The hard part is the other person admitting they have the illness. It may take several years IF they do. A very good friend of mine is Bi-polar. In fact, I know several people that are (or are they just jerks), still trying to decipher.

    • Chatkath profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Very well done hub weezyschannel, you clarified several symptoms that I wasn't clear on. You are so right, although we tend to make light of someone's dual personas and intolerable anger, bi-polar disease is a serious issue that can be treated if one is able to admit that there is a problem. Your hub will help get the word out-Good Job! Up and useful

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Central USA

      Yes I agree with you. I do think they know they have a problem but they don't know how to approach or how to start asking for help

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Central USA

      Thanks for your comments-getting someone to admit they have the diSorder is almost impossible. However if truth be known, they do know they just don't know how to approach the issue

    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      It's very stressful to deal with those who have personality disorders. As you mention, the most difficult part is getting the person to seek treatment as they never see themselves as the one with the problem. This is a very interesting topic. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and interview.

    • weezyschannel profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central USA

      You don't look like an angry person in your picture either!

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub for sure. I may have displayed this type of anger for sure, although I am female and there are certain times of the month, I should exile myself from society. I think there is even a term for this, if not, they need one.


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