Inability to Complete Tasks and Bipolar Disorder

Nine months ago I posted an article on Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) and I ended it with “More to come…” Well, more never came. I had started reading a DBT workbook around this time and joining in on a weekly DBT Twitter space as well, which is what inspired me to write about the topic. I quickly got bored with the book and as a result also lost interest in the space on Twitter and didn’t give the article or topic a second thought.

Having grandiose ideas and abandoning them before they are finished is a common symptom in people with bipolar disorder.

“Having a house full of half-completed projects is a hallmark of bipolar disorder. People who can harness their energy when they are in a hypomanic phase can be really productive. Those who can’t often go from task to task, planning grand, unrealistic projects that are never finished before moving on to something else.

“They can be quite distractible and may start a million things and never finish them,” says Dr. Don Malone, the director of the Center for Behavioral Health and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio.”

Do you experience this problem? I always have plans to post a blog every week and my last one was seven months ago so you can see how well it works out for me.


One thought on “Inability to Complete Tasks and Bipolar Disorder

  1. I don’t know about “grandiosity”, but what I feel is an intense urge to do something, anything – and I feel inspired greatly. And then, when the urge wears off, if I do leave tasks and projects aside, unfinished it’s because that drive to be active goes away. And I feel tired and uninspired. Oh well.

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