Why Are People with Bipolar Disorder Considered Dangerous to Others?
During the manic phase of bipolar disorder, behavior can become reckless. This may increase the risk of danger for both the patient and those who may be in their care, such as children.
Additionally, up to half of patients experiencing mania may become psychotic (hearing voices or seeing things), which could lead to dangerous or high-risk behavior.
During a manic episode, patients should be cautious if they drive or operate machinery, and generally should be discouraged from making important life decisions.
If a friend or family member suffers from bipolar disorder, contact his or her doctor as soon as an episode becomes apparent. Sometimes, early treatment can help reduce the incidence of dangerous behaviors.