I was just diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder yesterday. It took me a year to get checked out after my counselor recommended me to get screened for the disorder. These past six months have been the worse ever...but particularly the past two. I realize that I have had depressed episodes throughout my life...but it took the realization of my family for me to see my manic symptoms.
I am a naturally talkative person...but I have realized that at certain times I will talk so fast that my husband does not comprehend a word I've said. During the past few weeks I have suddenly became self aware of my mania symptoms....but the strange thing is I will switch from being depressed in the morning to having a manic attack for several hours in the evening. My worse manic attacks that I have been aware of so far is when I can't sit still for hours at a time. I will kick my legs, clap my hands, stomp my feet....laugh at nothing...talk to myself....hit myself and I will not stop. The crazy thing is that it wears me out! I am obese and I do not have a lot of physcial energy.
During these "attacks" I feel like my mind will not let my body quit even if my body is worn out. I feel like a boling pot of water where the water is the energy and the pot is my body...the water will not stop boling and it trys to get out in whatever way it can. I have read that sexual promiscuiety and energy comes along with manic attacks. I am a shy person and during my recent attack I almost stripped naked in front of my husband's best friend...something I WOULD NEVER DO! I also have noticed other tendancies in myself during these periods and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experiences about their manic attacks. My cousin has bipolar disorder and he was almost locked up because of taking off all of his clothes. Is this common? What about when you start taking meds...does it help? What can we do to cope in the mean time?
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