I’m manic depressive and take Lithium to help control that, and Mirtazapine anti-depressant.
Those two work good for me.
In your first post you said, ““Right now I just want to sleep but my brain keeps going off on justified anger rants.”
I have trouble with sleeping, also. I don’t want to take doctor sleep pills. I now take Power to Sleep from the health food store or the net.
However, there are those who say such sleep suppliments can interact very poorly to dangerously with anti-depressants. One person here even noted that the health food sleep aid called Alteril, which someone on this board recommended, even has a not on each bottle that says, “Don’t take with anti-depressants.”
So, they say, you need to talk to your doctor of pharmacist and ask them about
I went to the web search engine, and there wasn’t a whole lot of data, other than, see your doctor. Of course, doctors don’t really have to know, especially if the entire web doesn’t know. So you’re kinda out there.
Again, I take Power to Sleep and it gives me a good night’s sleep, and I have a hard time sleeping also. On the bottle it says, take 2. I dropped back to one after a few nights, and that puts me to sleep.
I’ve taken it for a year or two.
My psy. says she doesn’t like Power to Sleep because there have not been enough tests on it. I will also say, not getting enough sleep has side effects, also.
Melatonin sleep aid from the health food store also puts me to sleep. It made me too groggy in the morning, after 3-6 months of taking it, and I switched to Power to Sleep.
I also use a heating pad on low which helps me go to sleep. I put it on my chest, and it expands the blood vessels and the heart doesn’t have to work as hard.
It’s good that you’re on medicine, Lamictal, which I don’t know anything about
that but it sounds like it’s working…when you take it!!!
You said, “I'm coming off a hypomanic episode.“
But have you heard of “hypomania”? It’s a less severe form of mania. It actually may feel pretty good because your mood is up and you have more energy than usual, but it’s not out of control.
The problem is that for someone with bipolar disorder, hypomania can evolve into mania. Or it can switch to serious depression. And you can’t tell which one might happen, because the pattern isn’t predictable.
• Have lots of energy
• Feel high or wired
• Have racing thoughts
• Talk fast
• Take more risks
• Need less sleep than usual to feel rested
• Have more distractions than usual
• Have intense senses, such as smell and touch
When you take that medicine, does it help?
And you don’t take it sometimes because taking it slows you down.
I know it’s a tough decision.
Your first post says, “Right now I just want to sleep but my brain keeps going off on justified anger rants.”
I use to holler at my refrigerator, so I know what that is. After taking Lithium, I didn’t. I still get angry, but not like I use to. But you’re right, when you’d rather be angry than go to sleep, your medicine would probably help.
You said in your first post, “I want to sit here and whine to you all and show you how I was the victim in all of it. But the newly aware part of me is wants me to find the tools that will help me get to sleep. But then I go back on justified anger rants.”
You sound like you just want to go to sleep but not take your doctor medicine. But then, not taking our medicine gets you back to your justified rants.
I think you should take your medicine.
You say, “So, here is me asking: What are the tools you use to "do the right thing" when you're manic and you just want to go with it and get as much done as possible?”
You want the “tools” “to do the right thing” when you’re manic.”
I don’t think we have them. The only tool is the medicine. You have the right tool. You’re not using it. Be glad you have it.
My mother’s mother, was m-d, and they didn’t have or give Lithium in the 1930s and 1940s, and she would go through people’s medicine cabinets when visiting in their homes, and take any pills they had, trying to do the same thing you are right now: calm down and quit being angry. She ended up in a state mental hospital.
You have the tools and are choosing not to use them.
I know there are benefit to both. I take Lithium and I don’t feel it completely destroys me.
I know the Lithium and the health food put me to sleep at night, and you can’t put a price on that. I need a break, and those two things give it to me.
You said, ““I want to sit here and whine to you all and show you how I was the victim in all of it. But the newly aware part of me….”
I became newly aware of my whining when I was at a self help group, and told my troubles with great sorrow, and the woman beside me said, “Oh, you were having a Pity Party. We’ve all done that.”
I use to feel sorry for myself all the time. But after she said that, and in front of the other members of the group? I was so embarrassed and humiliated, that I never felt sorry for myself again, because if I tried, I would hear that woman’s voice, and see her face, and it wouldn’t work.
So, it sounds like you’re working on that also.
What this is, is a problem. And from a column I read, I try to remind myself, “One problem at a time, and be positive about
The column said in effect, the problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude going into the problem. I didn’t know it, but unconsciously I was negative, from my childhood, from my manic-depression, whatever.
So, from then on, I told myself, don’t worry about
You’re the problem. Your attitude.
So from then on, I would say to myself before going into a problem, “Be positive, be positive, be positive,” trying to drive the neg. out of uncon.
Only then would I start to worry about
the problem, which was secondary to my attitude.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 10/8/2016 1:18:41 PM (GMT-6)