Bipolar Mania Symptoms

Grandiosity

What is grandiosity?

Grandiosity occurs when a person has an inflated self-esteem, believe they have special powers, spiritual connections, or religious relationships.38

When grandiosity is severe, the person may be delusional about his or her capabilities.20

What does it feel like to be grandiose?

A grandiose individual feels unrealistically powerful, important, and invincible. These beliefs are frequently accompanied by feelings of euphoria and intense pleasure. Nothing seems impossible and every problem has a solution.

The person may feel an urgent need to initiate projects or activities.

How can I recognize this symptom?

To others, the person's behavior seems pompous, boastful, and exaggerated. Observers may perceive the grandiose individual to be conceited and condescending.

The person's speedy pursuit of dreams, goals, and projects may seem impulsive.

Set goals and initiated plans may be unrealistic.29

How does grandiosity impact life?

Bipolar disorder symptoms affect all aspects of life. A grandiose person may appear to be rude and boastful. Naturally, this makes it difficult to make new friends and current relationships are strained.

When a person is grandiose at work, they may find it difficult to be productive. Grandiosity is frequently accompanied by decreased judgment.

For example, a person may believe they have special insight that their employer does not have. The person may feel obliged to share their break-through knowledge with their employer and disagree with management decisions. The felt passion and urgency lead to inappropriate arguments.

The fallout of grandiose behavior, especially when compounded with other symptoms of bipolar disorder, can be devastating. The high risk behavior, inflated self-esteem, and delusions may lead to job loss, expulsion from school, and terminated relationships.

Sometimes, the pursuit of unrealistic ideas involves financial investment. The person may suffer significant financial losses.8

My Story

A new laptop, office and a grandiose mind. I wrote articles about a variety of topics. I was sure I'd receive a Nobel Prize. I even quit my job, spent $3000 on equipment and office rent. Just one more bipolar mania fantasy, another empty bank account, and a predictable dive into hopeless depression.

~ Carine, Montreal, QB