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Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)

Lying As an Adult with Bipolar Disorder

01/07/2008

Question:

Do people (adults) with bipolar lie and not know they are doing it?

Answer:

Hello and thank you for your question.

Misrepresentation of truth is something that all of us do at times. There is considerable range in this area - from a fib to spare someone's feelings to a serious and dangerous lie. It is possible that someone who is ill with mania may be untruthful. However, this is not necessarily linked to their illness.

ADDENDUM:

As Dr. Pariser notes above, "misrepresentation of truth is something that all of us do at times." However, it is not specific nor a symptom of mania, unless you count the symptom of grandiosity. In addition, since someone's mood (mania or depression) can affect their perception, thinking and acting, it is possible that someone in the throes of a manic-depressive episode, especially if it becomes psychotic, can have a distorted view of reality and/or be untruthful to cover up mistakes made or to adapt to a challenging situation.

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Response by:

Stephen F Pariser, MD Stephen F Pariser, MD
Faculty Emeritus
Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Nicholas   Lofthouse, PhD Nicholas Lofthouse, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University