What are the dangers of not treating bipolar disorder?
Dangers of manic episodes:
Poor judgment and risky behaviors. These can cause irreparable damage to relationships (personal and professional), job loss, business failure, financial ruin, alcohol and drug binges, legal problems, self harm (accidental or intentional), and subsequent and consequential depressive episodes resulting in all the painful results and much increased risk of suicide.
Dangers of depressive episodes:
Feeling unnecessarily “bad” for protracted periods, suicide, social and occupational impairment, job failure/loss/lack of promotion/absenteeism, divorce, breakups, and inability to form relationships/friendships.