People with bipolar disorder may set high, possibly unattainable goals while experiencing mania. However, low self-esteem is extremely common for those with bipolar disorder, according to a 2020 study published in the journal Psychology and Psychotherapy. Setting high goals when someone feels invincible can make folks feel more particularly unworthy if they fall short of these goals.
If you or someone you know is seeking help for mental health concerns, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, or call 1-800-950-NAMI(6264). For confidential treatment referrals, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, or call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357). In an emergency, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or call 911.
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Lillyana Morales, LMHC, MA in Mental Health Counseling, psychotherapist
Glenn Hirsch, MD, psychiatrist, Child Study Center at NYU Langone
Dr. Scott Aaronson, MD, psychiatrist, director of clinical research for The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt