Perhaps the most frightening accompaniment to depression or mania is psychosis—delusional thinking, paranoia, and visual or auditory hallucinations. Although psychosis isn´t a necessary part of the bipolar diagnosis, it can accompany a mood episode. The extremes of depression and, more often, mania can traumatize the mind to such an extent that it begins to latch on to self-destructive or grandiose beliefs, become obsessed with fears that have no basis in reality, or perceive sights and sounds that are not present. During a psychotic episode, you may
· Feel as though you have special powers
· Hear voices that other people can´t hear and believe they´re talking about you or sometimes instructing you to perform certain acts.
· Believe that people can read your mind or put thoughts into your head.
· Think that the television or radio is sending you special messages.
· Think that people are following you or trying to harm you when they´re not.
· Believe that you can accomplish goals that are well beyond your abilities and means.
Although psychosis sounds dramatic and easily identifiable, It can be quite subtle and shrouded by enough reality to make “psychosis” seem more like “usually perceptive” Is your boss trying to fire you accurate predictions or critical world events just a coincidence?
Source: Bipolar Disorder, Camila Flink, MD , Joe krainak