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Is Mario Balotelli Bipolar?

Incidents and allegations reported in the media involving Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli suggests the 20-year-old Italian might be suffering from bipolar.

Not that bipolar suffers should be treated differently from any other person in society however, the point of this article is to highlight separate incidents were Mario has clearly demonstrated irrational behaviour.

Mario can't put his bib on, hilarious!

Mario's Maserati supercar has been impounded 27 times.

Balotelli has reportedly racked up almost £10,000 in parking fines and his white Maserati supercar has been impounded 27 times, leaving club officials with the laborious task of collecting the car.

And when police allegedly pulled him over to ask why he had £25,000 in cash on his front seat, the arrogant bad boy retorted, 'Because I can.'

Rio Ferdinand wink.

FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester United and the infamous Mario wink.

And what about the alleged dart throwing at a fellow Manchester City player?

The red card against Dynamo Kiev...

Mario trips Edin Dzeko.

On the other hand Mario has been known to hand money out like confetti to passers by and of course, he has moments of pure genius.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior-from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.

During a manic episode, a person might impulsively quit a job, charge up huge amounts on credit cards, or feel rested after sleeping two hours. During a depressive episode, the same person might be too tired to get out of bed and full of self-loathing and hopelessness over being unemployed and in debt.

The causes of bipolar disorder aren`t completely understood, but it often runs in families. The first manic or depressive episode of bipolar disorder usually occurs in the teenage years or early adulthood. The symptoms can be subtle and confusing, so many people with bipolar disorder are overlooked or misdiagnosed-resulting in unnecessary suffering. But with proper treatment and support, you can lead a rich and fulfilling life.

Does Balotelli suffer from bipolar? The debate continues via our City Chat forum thread.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 26 2011

Time: 11:18AM

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It certainly would make sense if he was. Some of the things he does make me love him. Others make me loathe him. He is without doubt the most entertaining footballer on and off the field to hit the premierhsip for years. I think we should do our best to channel his problems as he could be an all time great.
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26/04/2011 11:41:00

No. I think Mario knows exactly what he's doing. Whether he's giving large amounts of cash to a beggar or winking at CamelGob, there is design behind the anti-hero status he is steadily assuming. Have you seen the new Nike advert? The only time he clearly doesn't know what he's doing is when he's asked to put a bib on...
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26/04/2011 12:05:00

I think he's enigmatic and weird and I really berated him for his red card against Kiev for example, but he has a sublime touch and a great knowledge of the game. I still think he is young and inexperienced and he needs more time to adjust to the EPL, as does Dzeko. Bi-polar, possibly. Or maybe just like nothing we've ever seen before in the prem? I really hope he gives City a few years and proves his worth and his talent.
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26/04/2011 12:08:00

Bi-polar might be a bit harsh. I think it's more likely that he's 20 years old still with a world of expectation heaped on his shoulders, not only for his club team, but for the national team as well (when they aren't shouting racial slurs at him). The only way he knows how to deal with the pressure is to be this eclectic individual who takes time to himself and hands out money that he doesn't need. He will do well for us next season.
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26/04/2011 13:33:00

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26/04/2011 16:18:00

I'm sure he's being monitored for stuff like that. probably all are!
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