Hypomania for me was a way of life. It was not until I started having full blown mania and then rapid cycling that things really got out of control. For me, I have to make myself do nothing overstimulating, it helps to take a long long hot bath or meditate. If you practice meditation routinely you will get to a point where you can close your eyes and focus on something that helps calm your mind down. That "something" is different for everyone, you have to figure out what your calming "trigger" is. It does not seem to help me much when I am depressed, which I have recently started expierencing but I have gotten very good at it for the hyperness. You have to be serious about it and work at it. When I am manic, I do not watch TV, cannot stand to be around anything going on around me that is too intense. i am fortunate enough to live on 8 acres with a pond and a lot of wildlife, so making myself sit outside and watching the birds, deer, foxes or playing with my best friend(my dog) helps me greatly. On the meditation aspect, if you go the the Edgar Cayce website, they have a section on the sidebar that actually teaches you how to meditate properly to get the most out of it. I love reading info. on that website, he was an amazing person who helped lots of people with his "gift."
Good luck, everyday is a lesson learned with this dis-ease.
sher211, I find it ironic what you said in #1. My husband has always told me that I am my own worst enemy. It is not until you calm down and level out a bit that you can see the truth in that statement. I have always been harder on myself than anyone else. My daughter always says "don't think about things that bother you so much." Easier said than done, but good advice. she is starting college in January, majoring in Psychiatry, more irony!
Have a good rest of the day and be good to yourself!
Bravo! Use your gifts and talents to help others. I really feel that God put us all here to help each other. I think sometimes we help other people and do not even know it. It can be a kind word or a simple gesture, something we do not even give a second thought too, but is perceived by someone that is hurting inside or confused as a blessing. Nothing worth having is ever easy and I think BP people are different and very special because of the unique insights that we have.
It is BP Gemini....How are you this fine rainy day? well, it is raining here in good ole' North Carolina! Hope you are well, I enjoyed chatting with you last week.
I started new med last week, Risperdal, and I feel like my old self again! i just hope this one works this time. I enjoy being me for more than 4 days in a row, ha ha
This is a great forum and I hope you can gain some insight here from the experiences of others. I certainly have. I think the med thing, finding the right combination is the most frustrating part of this dis-ease. I have been on everything it feels like and still am not as stable as I would like to be. But you keep trying and work on finding what helps when you start having cycling issues. I would call my PDoc and tell them what is going on, sometimes a change of meds is all that is needed. Well, good luck and try to find some balance in your life to help with the bumps in the road.
Happy New Year