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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/7/2006 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with bp. I just discovered that my great grandmother hand it and suicided in an asylum, my grandfather has it, and i just admitted my mom to a psych. unit via er which she was severely depressed, suicidal, paranoid, and delusional. I've been realizing some things about my mood swings that I've been dealing with since I was a teenager (I'm 22 now) and I have a couple questions (I never seem to remember my questions during therapy). My depressions can last months and sometimes there are horrible mixed states during those times. But I mostly have hypomanias that happen at night and cause some insomnia and they seem to be triggered by something. I know that events or whatnot can cause depressive symptoms, but can that happen with mania? For example I work in a restaurant, and when it is really busy I'll begin to be very fun and bubbly, have racing thoughts, run around really fast, talk quickly, act inappropriate with coworkers, and after a little while get really irritable and feel tension in all my muscles. Also does anyone else have periods where they are kinda manic at night but tired all day for days or weeks?  Is this "rapid" cycling?

Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/7/2006 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
It can be rapid cycling, but it can also be from lack of sleep. Bipolar people do NOT do well with sleep deprivation. Most people don't. If I don't sleep enough, (I only require 4-6 hrs a night though) I'm wired all the next day. Just bursting with hypomanic energy. I'd mention this to my pdoc if I were you. They may be able to give you something to help you sleep at night and even out your days as a result.
Good luck to you, Hope your mother is stablizing now as well.
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/9/2006 2:09 AM (GMT -6)   
dear up,
god, my heart goes out to you.  you have been through a lot and it seems ike there is a lot more out there for you.
i seond what ellie has posted.  a dr cannot help you unless the dr knows what's going on.  i sometimes keep a list of questions for my dr of of unusual events that have happened.  i don't see the pdoc very often (i disagree, but he thinks i'm stable), so the list helps.  i write the question or the event down almost immediately so that i don't forget it (i just found out that memoy loss is sometimes a side-effect of bp meds).  the list helps.  you might want to try it.
i will keep you and your family in my thoughts.  good luck and god bless.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 78
   Posted 8/12/2006 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a recovering alcoholic, who self medicated undiagnosed bipolar with alchohol for years. Been sober 2 years now, was depressed bad until 3 months ago, I suddenly went into a manic phase with mixed episodes.
I gained 70lbs during my depression and lost 30 lbs in the last three months. A new doctor put me on depakote and I feel Much better. I have tried a lot of medications, but I can only tell you how they affected me.
Good idea! writing a list for your doctor. This new doctor knew I had bipolar when I came in talking so fast.
I guess thats what $250 for a 30 minute session is worth.

Kt G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/17/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
you know, i used to be a waitress and i would get in what i called "super duper waitress mode" running around like a madwoman. I think this was a mild form of mania. unfortunately i just stopped going to work during one of my depressions claiming i hated it (though it really wasnt that bad).
mania is a strange thing, but being at work sometimes i was manic. Also sometimes i was depressed and talked the whole time about how i wanted to go home and how i hated being there, but i have extremely mixed mania.
Also i stayed awake for about two weeks, meaning about an hour or less of sleep per night if at all. But it made me grouchy during the day, very tired even though i couldnt sleep during school (sometimes i did anyway) and very pessimistic.
My advice is try to get some sleep and you didnt mention if you were on meds, but many meds when taken at night can help with the sleeplessnes. I know it feels like you dont need the sleep but eventually our bodies are built to crash without it.
I hope i was of any help
~Kt G~
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