I don't think it is important to be able to "label" your feelings. I think it is more important to be able to express to your doc what you are feeling, in your own words. I keep a journal so that when my psychiatrist asks me how I am, I can show him in my own words. From there we discuss the next moves.In my journal, to make it easier for him to get an overview, I higfhlight the days in certain colors-like blue for depressed, orange for manicy feelings, etc.(there are also some pretty good mood charts on the internet) I know the labels only because I have taken medical training, and because my psychiatrist uses the terms a lot and so I pick it up from him , that's all-and I have read tonnes about this. Anyhow I find when I tell him how I feel, he understands and helps things make sense-he knows the disorder inside and out. Do you have this kind of relationship with your pdoc?
Hang in there, and if you feel like this consistently, a trip back to the doc is in order. If you feel suicidal, go pronto! Keep track of your days, write it down, and when you see the doc tell them in your own words and their job is to work WITH you from there,
All my thoughts,
When I first started seeing my pdoc, I was uncomfortable, didn't trust him. As I get to know him and trust him, I feel more comfortable . I had no idea it was only your second visit-that's understandable!!!
In short, mania is more extreme. My text breaks it down like this
MANIA: severe enough to cause marked impairment in activities, relationships, or necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm of self or others, or psychotic features.
HYPOMANIA: change in functioning that is uncharacterisitc of person, this change is observed by others, absence of marked impairment in social/occupational functioning, hospital not indicated.
I will write more later, for now I have to go, sorry!