November 30th, 1874- January 24th 1965
Bipolar or not?
What did Winston Churchill have that aligns with Bipolar disorder symptoms?
MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS
- you can’t sleep or you sleep too much… yes
- you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult… yes
- you feel hopeless and helpless… no
- you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try… yes
- you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating… no
- you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual… yes
- you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior… yes
- you have thoughts that life is not worth living … no
Known symptoms of bipolar disorder:
- Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable… yes
- Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers… yes
- Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic… yes
- Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up… no
- Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next… yes
- Highly distractible, unable to concentrate… yes
- Impaired judgment and impulsiveness… yes
- Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences… yes
Delusions and hallucinations… no
Winston Churchill was considered a heavy drinker during the period of his later life, due to the fact that he would try to mask his bipolar habits. This is a significant factor of some people with bipolar disorder.
From all of these symptoms that Winston Churchill showed, I can conclude that he was bipolar and depressed by a clinical or psychological stand point.