what does your mania episodes consist of????

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   Posted 2/22/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone just wanted to know what your manias looks and feel like. My mania episodes consist of euphoria with the case of the giggles i become very sexual and very demanding with racing thoughts and i get very imaginative i can multi task but anger quickly if someone gets in my way just thought i list a few.  turn

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   Posted 2/22/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Trice.  I'm type II BP, so I don't get full-blown mania - just hypomania.  I'm enjoying a mild hypomania right now.  :)
My hypomania experience ranges from mild and pleasant to really awful.  Binge eating, starvation diets, spending all the $$ I have, purchasing/adopting/rescuing animals, studying for hours and hours at a time, hyperfocus, crazy sex drive (I feel sorry for my SO - it's that bad), very little sleep (2 - 3 hrs) - but not tired the next day, very artistic (and good at it), all sorts of crazy projects down to knitting socks, making shoes (unsuccessful), every and all hobbies and pastimes you can imagine.  Starting all sorts of projects, launching a small business or a non-profit (done that 6-8 times or so tongue ).  Huge ability to take in large amounts of or complex information.  Able to muti-task, work quickly and make connections.  Can cook like a goddess!   Those are some of the fun ones.
Not so fun:  IMPATIENT!, irritable, rage, hyperfocus to the point it's almost painful in a way I cannot describe, hypersensitivity to sound, hypervigilance, low sensory thresholds, dangerous/unpredictable/way too fast driving, inability to focus, can't tolerate being around my toddler son, and slipping into mixed episodes   skull  .  Sucky

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   Posted 2/22/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm BPII so i get hypomanias. Most are very good and provide a good influence in my life. I've been nicknamed Happy Bill by almost everyone who knows me. Yes i have the crazy sex drive also even on meds i am still very very VERY interested in sex shocked LOL LOL LOL Did i get my point accross well enough/ lol lol turn Let me put it this way, last week my wife and i had **** star quality type night.LOL LOL LOL But after it was done i was having a bad hypomania night and i found myself cruising the adds on craigs list for more sex. That is the part of my mania that scares me very very much as i am trying very hard to be a good husband. But boy when that sex drive kicks in there is nothing i wont try or do, and i''m stone sober when i do. Its just my mind is just rocking with thoughts and feelings and racing at a hundred miles an hour.

Off my meds i was super creative, on my meds not so much. However i understand that sacrafices need to be made so i can still function as a normal person.

Do i get bad hypomanias, from time to time, normally once every couple of months so not that bad. When i get them i have to take a few days off to recover, they wear me out that much.

But on a normal day i have an elevated mood and energy, with a true hypomania episode about once a week. Very little depression to speak of but when it hits it hits very very hard.

All in all i try to accept this as my life and i just have to live it to the best of my ability. Now if i can just get my wife onboard with the "more sex" program. LOL LOL



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   Posted 2/26/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
My mania is talking fast, thinking faster.. laughing a LOT.. not sleeping, buzzing with energy.. my friend said my hands were shaking even...Sometimes i have no appetite...
The worst is what kind of risks i'll tkae. I was driving in the University District once (lots of students walking around, loads of cars, street parking, basically tough driving zone) and READING A BOOK at the same time. I was convinced i was fast enough to do it, and was too bored wiht the empty spaces between stoplights to "just drive".
Thats dangerous!!

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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
On good days it's little sleep, hyper focusing on tasks, chores, and errands, making lists ( endless lists) starting projects that never get finished, picking up new hobbies or regaining interest in old ones, overwhelming hypersexuality that sometimes blocks out any other thoughts, increased ability to meditate and gain trance state, dancing about the house singing, cleaning the house or the garage with a spring cleaning attitude constantly. little to no appetite, and a general amazing feeling that puts me in a great mood.

On the bad days, it's bouncing off the walls with energy, tremors, quick to anger if someone annoys me or gets in my way, jumpiness, paranoia, anxiety, delusions, overspending on things I want or things we need but can't afford yet, irrational behaviors, hypersexual behavior to the point of blocking out everything else around me that needs to be done or making poor decisions in order to get my desires fullfilled, full blown insomnia, massive intake of caffiene or energy pills to sustain the 'energy high' or excessive drinking to bring me down, increased chance of drug use namely hallucinogenics or OTC drug abuse, binge eating or starvation dieting.

thankfully I haven;t had a really bad manic episode in many years, though I've come close, but realized I was getting out of control and been able to reign myself back in.The fear of getting out of control scares the willies out of me.
Diagnosed Bipolar 1995
Successfully Treated now in 2009.
Abilify 2.5mg 1xpm, Seroquel XR 50-100mg PM. Topamax 75mg 2x daily

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   Posted 3/2/2010 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   

I think a little bit of All of the above...except I never get hypersexual. I think if I did, it probably would be a good trade off for my husband? smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 3/2/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't either, sukay. I wish.
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   Posted 3/2/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you two, be carefull what you wish for. LOL LOL LOL Being hypersexual isnt all its cracked up to be, imiagine a craving that just cant be satasified at all, no matter if you beeded 1,3,5, 10 people in a day. I much perfer hypomania to hypersexual. Being hyersexual can lead you into dangerous choices that could get you a desease, wreak your marriage, or ge tyou killed. Hypomanic just gets the house cleaned, the laundry done, and maybe the trash out. LOL LOL LOL

Your hrpersexual and hypomanic friend. Bill

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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry Bill,

I didn't mean to make light of a truly serious problem. :)

All my best,
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   Posted 3/7/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in a mania right now and it is out of control.  I am going to the bar (Im married) and flirting all over the place.  I am losing weight because I feel that I must look good Ive lost 10 lbs in about two weeks.  My agitation is unbeilivable my skin is tingling.  I can't get out of this, but it is better then the depression I just came out of.  I have been telling my husband that I am manic and he does not know what to do about it.  If you are looking to know how I find manic.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, I'm new here! Decided to take to Google to find some message boards with people like myself...bipolar 2, or as my 2nd psychologist said "mildly bipolar." I've always understood consequences of my manic and depressive actions so thankfully I've never done lasting harm to myself. I'm a very transparent person, but I decided to mask my identity with the sharing of my true thoughts regarding my mood disorder as to not "upset the establishment," hurt the few close friends and family members I have, or...lose my job. I've even started a blog, and twitter to allow my thoughts and feelings to manifest themselves and find others like me. Also as ways to monitor my behavior.  
It's refreshing to read your responses and see so many of the same feeling I go through. I already feel welcomed among you.
As for my hypomania, it's not usually physical, more of a mental adrenaline rush. I work in a creative field. I run two radio stations. Been doing radio since I was 18 - I'm 30 now. When I was younger I never knew why my thoughts would begin to race and why I'd have intense, and some over the top, ideas to generate great programming and content. But in the past few years, I now know it's the mania that drives those creative visions. It's a gift. The mania has been channeled into success. However, when it's not there, and I'm feeling useless, I've gotta fight with every mental exercise I've learned to fend off boredom and negative thoughts.
I think the other thing most present in my mania is small shopping sprees. Again, I'm pretty good recognizing dire consequences, but to fight that boredom and feel like I've accomplished something I'll go shopping. Sometimes buying clothes I don't need. Sometimes impulse purchases at Target (did I really need THAT on blu ray!?).
I wish I had some of the physical energy some of you speak of. It would provide great fuel for my workouts!
Ugh, and since I did create this identity to be totally candid and keep sharing my manic thoughts. The mania sends me into some fits of **********. More times during the day than I need to. My conscious keeps me from "using" women, as I don't want to hurt anyone, and without much of a social circle I don't meet many women are interested in strictly physical relationships, which is about all that can keep my interest. Also, if a work out at the gym was good, and my confidence is through the roof, I'll wind up taking dirty phone pics to share with 'friends' or potential partners.
Thanks for listening!
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