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Psychiatrists: Bipolar patients can lose touch with reality

Could bipolar sufferer Ris Low have subconsciously erased memories of a romantic relationship with businessman Fred Chua? Psychiatrists The New Paper spoke to said that there are instances when patients "lose touch with reality".

"Sometimes, bipolar patients re-interpret things in their own way," said Dr Munidasa Winslow, a senior consultant psychiatrist at Novena Medical Centre.

Bipolar patients go through two phases, the "high" and "low" phase, explained Dr Brian Yeo, a consultant psychiatrist at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.

"When patients are in their 'high' phase, they are in a euphoric mood. They tend to think fast and say a lot of things that might not be totally accurate."

During the "low" phase, patients can "sink quite low" in their depression, said Dr Winslow.

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