Impulse Control and Bipolar Disorder

By Brad Hoefs

While I have had no major mood swings or episodes in the last 12 years, I have and continue to have to self-monitor my impulse control. While I don’t struggle with the extreme impulses as I did prior to diagnosis, today the struggle is more like someone with ADD trying to stay on task without getting sidetracked by other “shiny” and seemingly more interesting things.

He mentioned self-discipline and stay mindful all day as part of his seven tools of impulse control. And yes, he advised that never ever use “Bipolar” as an excuse.