Is this mania?

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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, this might be a dumb question, but I'd like to relate a story to you guys that happened Saturday afternoon, I just want to get it in writing and figure I might as well post here. It worried my mother quite a bit, lol, though we did have a great laugh at it.
(Sorry, this is a bit silly!)
I was talking to my mom on the phone about all this, I could tell I was overexplaining and she was getting annoyed so I stopped and asked her about her day. I found myself reading the webpage that was open instead of listening, so I got up and started pacing in my room. The problem is, my room is such a mess that the only room I have to pace is about 18 inches by four feet. 
The circle I was pacing in got smaller and smaller until I realized it was much more efficient to just spin in a circle. I started giggling a little and getting really dizzy, I was spinning so fast! Then I stopped and was like "Wow! Being dizzy is the best thing ever!", then all of a sudden I looked at my guitar case and imagined it was a puppet on PeeWee's Playhouse, or maybe a talking hippopotomus. I started making the lid go up and down as my mom was talking, pretending it was her. 
She noticed I wasn't paying attention and asked what was up. I stopped in my tracks and realized how crazy I would look to someone. I started to laugh, and managed to relate the story to my mom through the laughter. We bother laughed uncontrollably for at least five minutes (literally), that laughter was so good for me, but the trigger was pretty scary!  
Saturday night I played some good old rock and roll for a pretty decent sized croud, it was one of my more successful shows so far, and I think I managed to harness much of this pent up energy/mania and channel it into the music. I got a little crazier than usual, but the croud loved it. Yesterday I felt a bit more relaxed than I have been since starting meds, so I'm hoping that maybe finding a possitive outlet for these things will help reduce the really wierd little episodes that have been popping up this week.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   


  Its tough to say since mania affects all of us in different ways. It doesnt sound to far off to call that a maina, or more probally  a hypomania. Did you have a sense of euphoria with it al all? My manias just make me feel really good, silly, fun, talkative, sexual, funny, racing thoughts, racing mind, high creativity, ability to switch from one thing to another in a split second.

   However it all depends on the level of my hypomania as to whether or not i get all of these symptons.  Some times i only get a few, but they are turbo charged.

   All said and done its good you can laugh at yourself about the incident. However if you havnt seen a doctor about this you need to. Manias all sound like fun and games but they can be life wreckers just as easily as depression can.  I have some sort of control over my manias now with respirdone, i vary the dose as needed to help control them. Excersise for me helps a tremoundous amount since i "ride" a lot of the energy out of my system by riding my bicycle for 40-70 miles a day, than working a 12 hour shift, and then coming home and cleaning the house. LOL L LOL LOL

    ALl in all think about getting this checked out before it gets out of control. BP can be very very sneaky and you can be out of control and not even realize it.


  PS. There are no dumb questions, only dumb people who dont ask a question that could save their life.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My psychiatrist uses this distinction between hypomania and mania -
Mania = not sleeping at all for 3+ days in a row and not feeling tired.

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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. It's been wierd the last few days, like I've said in other posts I'm really not sure if the lamictal is having a stimulant effect and making my hypomania worse, or if I am just noticing it more now that I am educated and starting meds, but it scares me.

While I was doing all that I did have some pretty heavy euphoria, I remember thinking "man, this feels great!" It was like nothing could stop me. Then I just kind of snapped out of it and realized how stupid I was being. What scares me is the thought of that feeling lasting all day, days, weeks, months.

Thanks for everything guys, finding this resource (especially considering my doc isn't super available, she only works the "free clinic" two days a week), has been very helpful. So many things I've read on here have resonated with me and either made me feel better, or given me great insight into what is going on.

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