The inner test...to see within and find only bad
What is normal guilt?
It is appropriate for a human to feel a measure of guilt for wrongdoing. This is proof of a functioning conscience. The person is able to understand and appreciate his accountability for his actions. The happiness for doing something good and the guilt for doing something wrong are both moral indicators, which are a part of the makeup of humans. It is a dangerous thing to be unable to feel any remorse or guilt. The guilt that is in proportion to the wrongfulness of an act is normal. Bipolar disorder distorts perceptions. It plays cruelly with the feelings of those ailing from this disease. It measures out to the sufferer what is unjust. That is the reason why, it is so common to see inordinate or unwarranted guilt feelings in bipolar disorder.
What is guilt in bipolar disorder?
- It doesn't need a basis in reality. Once triggered it can continue to gain mass and momentum.
- Flawed perceptions and faulty neuro-chemistry make it nearly impossible to be objective.
- Guilt feelings in bipolar disorder are allayed, as the patient starts responding well to medication. The other part is definitely about cognitive training (learning to correct faulty thinking), and support from caregivers.
This post is an elaboration of the previous post, The role of expectations in unjustified guilt feelings.