Tips on controlling mania?

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Djonma
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   Posted Today 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
My boyfriend and I are pretty good on the depression now. There's a lot he can do to help me when I'm depressed, but we've realised we're pretty much stuck when I'm manic.
We don't know what he can do to calm me down, help me out, keep me from hurting either of us, other than making me take the seroquel. And whilst having the seroquel there is great, it'd be nice if we could come up with some ideas for how to control the mania a little just by him helping me out or talking to me, or whatever, so it's ok if we're in a situation where I can't instantly take medication.

So if anyone has any tips or ideas or knowledge for what they get their loved ones to do when they're manic, please, please share!

Nicola
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   Posted 12/12/2006 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nicola ,

What was happening when you couldn't take your meds straight away , did you forget to carry them with you or are you trying not to take them - I don't know much about seroquel but I have read that even if you don't have mania at the time you are still supposed to take your normal dose regularly (please correct me peeps if I've got it wrong) and I think it is still best to carry it with you at all times.

Let me know how you are take care ,

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Djonma
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   Posted 12/12/2006 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a regular dose of seroquel, I'm only to take it if my mania is really bad.
I'm wanting to control the mania without it if possible; seroquel knocks me out and I'm groggy all next day as well which is no good for going into uni.
Also, we want to be able to stop my mania developing to a stage where I need the seroquel, when I know I'm getting manic, we want some things to do to stop it getting terrible.

Nicola
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar
Thrombocytosis

Epilim Chrono 1000mg at night (Sodium Valproate)
Lofepramine (Feprapax or Gamanil) 140mg at night.
Quetiapine (Seroquel) when needed.


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   Posted 12/12/2006 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I apologise for my previous post  - I only read your post , not your signature eyes

What kinds of things have you tried so far?

I tend to "use" my mania to get things done - put all my energy , anger and racing thoughts in a big ball and throw myself into something like cleaning or a big project.

Maybe some strenuous exercise would help - something fast like squash , a treadmill , martial arts.

I find rather than being able to "control" the mania it's more a case of learning to ride the wave instead of getting drowned - trying to use it for productive purposes.

It's great that you've got such a good BF who helps you.

Take care ,

Smiler tongue


athmlldy411
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   Posted 12/12/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i have not been dx but i tend to get manias and it is hard to settle yourself..........i have to suffer thru because i am to only take my seroquel at bedtime to sleep. i do take valium but that just keeps me from being anxious or panicy when i am manic.

dx : panic/anxiety disorder, agoraphobia , and ocd

Djonma
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   Posted 12/13/2006 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
We've tried going for walks when I'm manic. Normally I can't walk far, I have a wheelchair for when it's bad, but when I'm manic, I don't feel the pain in the same way. I've tried putting it all into working on something, but I find that just makes me much, much worse. It just gets out of control.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar
Thrombocytosis

Epilim Chrono 1000mg at night (Sodium Valproate)
Lofepramine (Feprapax or Gamanil) 140mg at night.
Quetiapine (Seroquel) when needed.


smiler
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   Posted 12/13/2006 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   

One of the other people on here had a great one that might be worth a try ;

While you are deep breathing , close your eyes and imagine a place (real or make believe) that you can "go to" when you need to be calm , imagine yourself surrounded by soothing things. This person imagines a waterfall but it could be anything as long as it gives you peace of mind.

Soothing music might also help you.

If you still find you are struggling please go back to you pdoc as there might be something else they can do.

Take care ,

Smiler tongue

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