In your first post, your basic question was:
1. ...I have just a simple question.
"How do you differentiate a good mood from a hypomanic episode? I rarely feel happy so when I do, I can't help but wonder if I'm just happy or if it is a harbinger of something bad manifesting since happy can often lead to unwanted behaviour
. Does anyone know how to tell the difference?"
I really didn't know. I gave you my best answer, but I didn't really know.
In your third post you said,
"My hypomania can manifest in different ways but when not kept in check I can do a lot of damage since my judgement is impaired. I'll spend more than I can afford until I have to dig myself out of debt, I will take potentially dangeroys risks I would not normally take, I might even become promiscuous and toy with ppl just for fun."
So when you're hypo manic, you spend too much, you do risky behavior.
So, we know that's not happy, that hypo manic, because you've just pointed that out.
So, happy is one step below risky behavior. That is ,you feel good enough to go to a store, but you don over spend. You feel good enough to on a date, but you watch the movie.
So I think you've answered your own question.
A. Depressed is, you don't want to go to the store. Happy is, you go to the store, you mingle with people, you don't over spend. Hypo manic is, you spend too much.
B. Depressed is, you don't want to go on a date. Happy is, you want to go on a date, and you watch the movie. Hypo manic is, you go on a date, and you don't want to watch the movie, but participate in risky behavior.
Seems like you've answered your own question.
I think what could have been hypo manic with me recently, since you've brought up the topic, although 700 mg. of Lithium will make you a model citizen.
Anyway, I recently got so involved in writing a response or two on this website, I'm forgetting the loud entertainment center somewhat near by house. I'm not sure if they're supposed to have loud activities at that place on that night.
I ignore that possibility and keep typing responses. Then the festivities start which can be too much for me. I'm thinking, why didn't I check on this same computer to see if they were going to have any festivities tonight?
The answer is, because I was so engrossed in typing responses, I couldn't tear myself away from that to check on the computer to see if there were going to be any festivities.
I'll ask you: what is that? Was I hypo manic? Was I happy?
In a way, I can't tell you.
One day I learned where my manic-depression came from. I was talking to a lay counselor on the phone, and was trying to figure out what I had. He said, "I knew your uncle, and he was a manic-depressive, and you probably are too."
It helped a great deal to know what I had, and where it came from. It turns out, my mother's mother had emotional problems, and so it probably had to be manic-depression.
So I then knew where it came from. It was satisfying to know I didn't initiate this. It wasn't my fault. It wasn't a weakness of mine, or that I didn't try hard enough.
It also helps in the diagnosis to know your ancestors had this. For 15 or more years, I was miss-diagnosed as depressive. Many patients walk into their psychiatrist's office in a depressed state and are diagnosed as depressed.
I've found most psychiatrists don't ask many questions. They listed to the patient talk. They don't ask, "Does your mind ever race?" and things like that to figure out if you might be bipolar.
And, if they give a bipolar only an anti-depressant, it can send them from depression into mania, and panic attacks, as it did me for years.
You say, when you become manic, "I just feel happy." and then add, "I haven't a clue what 'happy' is."
You add, "It's an emition (emotion) that seems to have bypassed me. If I am not depressed, anxiety ridden, irate, or hypo, I'm apathetic at best. At any rate, I think I have my answer now."
I think on the right meds you can be happy, although content might be closer to it.
I'm happy watching my TV shows, doing my projects, walking my dog around the block, sometimes talking to a neighbor, going with my helper different places. Being not manic or depressed so I can do things.
With this post, am I manic, hypo manic, happy, content or dissatisfied? Now you've got me wondering. I thought I pretty much had it all together.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 4/17/2017 12:23:31 PM (GMT-6)