I've contemplated the diagnoses of Bipolar, as has my therapist. Sometimes my psychiatrist thinks so - but he leans more towards OCD, ADHD and Depression. He did finally rx Lamictal, however, when antidepressants and ADHD meds couldn't get all my stuff under control. This is what I experience that sounds like hypomania, or some kind of mania:
Rapid, rapid thoughts; rapid speech too; tons of ideas and creativity; I start too many things that no one could possibly finish, and certainly not me with my limited ability to stay on task for minutes, or much less months.
A couple of times I've felt very connected to the universe and can relate to what Iconclastic said about having "religious experiences." Everything that happens will seem to be part of a larger plan - I'll feel "called" to do this, and do that. During such times I meet people all the time, anywhere, and I think I've found my new best friend, or the best person, or the most interesting person, etc. And then I'll think I have no friends, that the world is a very scary, hard place, etc.
I shop too much. Don't have credit cards any more, but am still paying off debt from over 5 yrs ago. Like garage sales and thrift stores, which I guess is good, but I often buy things just b/c they seem like a good idea - whether or not I like or need them.
Even w/ groceries, I've noticed, I'll buy multiples of items, especially if on sale, and then dont' always have room to store them. I often don't remember that I have something at home and end up buying it.
I guess it's adrenalyn ? But I crave buying something far too often. And then I get disgusted with such consumerism. ?
35 y/o female