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Can bipolar people tell they are bipolar?

I am a 30 year old male. I wonder if bipolar people can tell they are bipolar?

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In some cases, yes.
Some people have good insight some not
Well you have to see a physician so that they can see if you have the DSM criteria. There are different symptoms that overlap with different diseases.
Great question!

Much of the time, but not always. There are many variations. I always remind even psychiatrists that treating one’s self as your own patient has a fool for a psychiatrist and a patient. If there is any question in your mind, especially if you have extraordinarily low and extraordinarily high energy states, best to get an external professional consultation.

Lance Steinberg, MD, Inc.
Yes, if they have a manic or depression episode. 
Not every Bipolar patient is familiar with all the symptoms.
No. Self diagnoses is NOT appropriate, not even for physicians. This is one of the basic premises I learnt in medical school. Thank you for asking this very important question!
Most people with Bipolar 1 do not wish therapy because they like the high when they are manic or even hypo-manic. Those who are Bipolar 2 generally seek help when they are significantly depressed. Significantly severe mood swings should alert anyone to seek a professional evaluation.
Unfortunately, the term bipolar has been used to describe a wide variety of conditions. Women who have been angry at their husbands have been described as bipolar. There are also people who have had real manic episodes who are now called bipolar. A more important question has to do with the quality of your life and your relationships. Thinking you are bipolar or not will not help you.