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Does Bipolar affect Decision making?

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Does Bipolar affect Decision making?

Postby acalhoun » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:48 pm

Does the extreme emotional turmoil make it difficult to make decisions?
Especially if the outcome of your decision is unknown?
What if you're expecting a negative reaction to the decision? Is it even harder?
Is it difficult to be assertive even when you know what your decision should be?

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Re: Does Bipolar affect Decision making?

Postby mogwai42 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:09 am

I would say absolutely, yes. To all of the above. I would add that it can go the other way too; making a decision too quickly without putting any thought into it.
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Re: Does Bipolar affect Decision making?

Postby CrackedGirl » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:43 pm

To a degree I find making decisions hard but in my job I have to make decisions so that has helped. Plus I have worked on this in therapy. But I dont think I would have had to do the work in the first place if I was not bipolar, if that makes sense.

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Re: Does Bipolar affect Decision making?

Postby bluedragon1200 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:14 am

Well, mania is suppose to effect decision making, to where a person is more reckless. For me depression makes me very irrational, though not as reckless, sometimes. So for the title question, absolutely.

Does the extreme emotional turmoil make it difficult to make decisions?
I think so. My dad passed away and life was very....cloudy for a year or so. I dated a jerk wad.
Especially if the outcome of your decision is unknown?
Probably?
What if you're expecting a negative reaction to the decision? Is it even harder?
I think its hard to do things when you expect a negative reaction, like telling the truth when it may hurt.
Is it difficult to be assertive even when you know what your decision should be?
I think so. See above answer.
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