People suffering from bipolar disorder are at great risk for developing severe loneliness. Being bipolar affects social interactions, making them a struggle for the affected person. Also, this disorder creates an internal, mental struggle that often results in negative thought-forms and emotions, making it all the more difficult to feel open to relationships.
Now, persons with bipolar disorder are consistently struggling with their own thoughts. They don’t understand how “normal” people can be so at ease and generally happy with their lives. They don’t feel that “normal” people can understand them. It would be too much for someone else to take on the ups and downs characteristic of them. Worse, they have often been shut out by other people who truly didn’t want to handle the bipolar person’s episodes of mania and depression.
As a result, people with bipolar disorder will shut themselves out. A person struggling with this disorder tends to feel like an outsider, like an observer of life but not a participant.
Being bipolar brings up a lot of negative thoughts and negative reactions and emotions that follow. The thoughts are abnormally extreme and so bad that the bipolar person feels ashamed of them, keeping them secret and damaging the perception of self. When this happens, the bipolar person tends to further isolate himself or herself from others.
Additionally, the bipolar person may feel guilt for their actions during episodes and all the more ashamed of themselves. The low periods are an ordeal to go through and since they are so isolated, bipolar people often have no support. Suicide attempts are far too common an occurrence amongst people suffering from loneliness and bipolar disorder.
It is essential that persons afflicted with bipolar disorder seek help understanding and coping with it. They should also look for support. So many millions of people are suffering from bipolar disorder, yet so many of them walk alone, invisible, their pleas unheard. There are many support groups for persons with bipolar disorder and joining one will help bring together people who can relate to each other, who can form bonds that will break the chains of loneliness.