Question about hypomania.

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twisted71
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   Posted 10/13/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
What exactly does it mean when you are hypo? I think I know what means. I mean I know how I feel but how would you explain it someone else?
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moreAmor
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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
It's like where you're all edgy and easily irritated. You may have racing, uncontrollable thoughts, lower need for sleep/insomnia, poor judgment in situations, taking very fast...it's like where everything's going very fast, and you feel the need to keep up. Or you're the one who's going very fast, but it feels so natural you don't want to slow down. It's not as bad as mania, but it can get bad when you're acting uncontrollable and making irrational decisions. Or losing your temper with people easily. I'd talk to a doctor or someone to find relaxation techniques if it's really bothering you.
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serafena
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   Posted 10/13/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel like I'm jumping out of my skin -- literally like I'm itchy all over. I get angry at the drop of a pin, every thing drives me to furious tears. It's extreme irritability, sleeplessness, racing thoughts, poor decision making. I think moreAmor pretty much covered it.

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twisted71
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   Posted 10/13/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your input guys. I basically feel the same as everyone else I just wanted clarification on how to explain things to my pdoc. sometimes I tell her I am manic or hypomanic and she asks me exactly what that means like she wants to know that I know what I am talking about and right now I am definitely hypo and I can't get my thoughts together. So I just wanted to be able to explain how I feel to her. But your answers have absolutely helped me.
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tyno3
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I was meeting with a gentleman about fifteen years ago who informed me he and his wife had invested a hugh sum of money in precious paintings, as an investment. he was manic, one night, and decided to donate their rare art to a charity (Aids research), without consulting his wife. She came home and discovered their investement, gone. He couldn't understand why she got so angry. Well, that's mania. Total disregard of one's own and other's, rights, safety, well-being, future, etc. Hypomania is characterized by disregard of one's own and other's rights and well-being on a much smaller scale. Like snapping at a family member over some little thing, anxiety, uncomfortable, emotional turmoil. I'm there right now. I reacted to rudeness by my Dad towards me (he has Alzheimer's), by getting angry, crying and pointing out the futility of even trying to carry on, as we have been lately, that he'd be better off with someone else or in a home. I feel like I'm on an emotional rollar-coaster. i cry at the drop of a hat and want to hide out in my room, be left alone. Then when I am talking with someone (like the bank called, I have pressured speech, run on and on, give way to much information, repeat myself, feel doomed. Not pleasant. My pdoc says try topamax, a mood stabilizer. When I am ok, like midmorning after my antidepressants kick in, for about two hours, I'm fine. Then early afternoon, I feel yucky, itchy, anxious, inadequate, at odds with the world. Maybe the Topamax will even things out.

SynSyn
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   Posted 10/19/2008 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are driving in your car and you are very agitated and angry and driving erratically, almost dangerously, is that hypo or manic?

cantgoback
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   Posted 10/19/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that I my mania manifests itself by making me feel anxious. For example, right now my wife is with her friends in another state. I know exactly where she is and that she is doing absolutely nothing wrong. I even know that she is about to leave and drive home with a friend that lives near us. Even though she and I discussed her schedule, I still feel like I want to call her and ask her if she is leaving on time. We even discussed having her call me at a certain point in the trip, as I have to meet her and her friend somewhere along the way. Yet I still feel this urge to call her rising up inside of me. Consciously I do not want to call her, but inside me this urge is building to make me feel uneasy. My meds are definitely helping, because in the past there would be no way for me to stop myself from calling or texting her. I guess I also feel that by writing it out is helping me to rationalize the decision to fight those urges. in my opinion this is my mania manifesting itself.

serafena
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   Posted 10/19/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
SynSyn,

I think it could be either. Depends on the context. What other behaviors do you have?



Cantgoback,

That's wonderful that writing about it makes you feel better. Keep using this forum to help rationalize those urges!

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