Glad I could be of some help. To give you some examples of her manic behavior. Like I said she has the type 2 bipolar. She is more depressive then manic, in her case when she has a mood swing it goes to the depressed downward side (hypomania) where she is depressed, hopeless, just wants to die, & miserable. Rarely to the hyper, giddy, upbeat & all the other things that go with hypermania. Like I said about once maybe twice a year for about a month she will go to the hyper side & get really accomplised (I'm gonna do this & that), then it only last a few weeks then it's over.
Some of her more memorable episodes are:
The dollhouse- I've always wanted a dollhouse so I'm gonna get one, bought all the stuff. House, furniture, decore & everything. Layed it all out on the dining room table, worked on it a few times, didn't even get the house built, then abandoned it. I offered to help finish it but no, "I want to do it myself." It sat there for about another month untouched. I finally got tired of looking at it, packed it up & put it away. It's still in storage 7 years later.
Cosmotology- I want to learn cosmotology, I think I would enjoy it. I got a loan, she enrolled in school, went about a month, said she hated it & quit, got part of the money back & paid back a small part of the loan.
Curves- I want a Curves membership for mothers day. I want to get in shape. Got the Curves membership. She went for about 2 weeks an hour a day 3 days a week. Then 1/2 hour workouts, the 1/2 hour 2 days a week, then she strained her back & never went back. Even after her back got better, still no. So I was stuck with a 30 dollar a month Curves membership for the next 9 months that wasn't being used.
E-Bay- I'm gonna start selling stuff on E-bay, make a ton of money. We turned our sunporch into a work area. Staging area, shipping desk, the works. She loaded up on shipping stuff, UPS, FEDEX, US Post Office, (luckily it was all free) boxes stacked everywhere. Lasted a few months, sold a few things, made a little money. Then "It's not worth my time." So the packaging stuff got thrown away, the shipping desk is now in mmy storage shed being used as a storage shelf.
Real Estate- I always wanted to work in real estate. To her credit she had been talking about it for years & I honestly thought that this would be something she would enjoy & stick with. Took the home correspondence course, passed the test, got her liscense, went to work. Was all over it for about a month. Learning with the other agents, going with them on showings, showed a couple houses herself. Then she got a customer of her own. I'll bet she showed ten houses, finally the lady thought she had found the house she wanted. My wife showed it to her on a Sat. afternoon, the lady called & wanted to take a second look on Sun. My wife took her. the lady said she would make an offer monday. The lady called monday morning & said it wasn't the right time to buy a house for her. My wife was crushed, the bad thing about this is if you don't sell a house, you don't make any money. All that time & gas spent for nothing. A few weeks later she quit.
Not trying to be a hijaker here, just giving examples of how the hypermania can kinda hide itself with a BP2. I always just thought that was just an upbringing thing, as her father was the same way. But after her diagnosis, I started reading up on the condition & found that things like this are symptoms. Like I said, this kind of stuff usually happens about once a year, then it's back to the "normal" state or the severe depression.
If you want, you can read a lot more of what kind of behavior she has shown by going to all the threads I have started. Above the topics next to the new topic button there is a pull down tab. If you sort by "started by" it will sort the topics alphabeticly by who started them. Mine are on or around page 93. This might help you some as well. There are several other things that I have shared on other peoples topics as well, but I don't think there is any way to find them other then just reading thru everything.
Please don't hesitate to ask me any other questions you might have. I'll try to help as best I can & I'll try not to be so longwinded about it! lol
"The struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise, and happiness has it's own way of taking it's sweet time.
Gary Allan- From "Life Ain't Always Beutiful"