I’m curious. For those with bipolar, what does going into manic or depressive feel like for you? I was recently diagnosed and have a hard time pinpointing when I’m switching. Sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes I feel like it hits me like a ton of bricks.
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Yep same for me. I had to learn my triggers more than my symptoms. Watch for what makes you stressed, manage your sleep, your diet, things like that. Put boundaries in with people so you can take care of yourself too. It’s hard work, a process, but it’s worth it. Also, meds? My meds save me.
may I ask what the meds are that help you? I used to be on Prozac but it wasn’t helping so I went off it.
totally feel you on that. but its so hard to narrow down triggers if you've done quite a few things in a short time and one or all could be attributed to the mood shift. i am on 1mg Clonazepam to take before i leave the house and have to deal with it being too peopley outside lol, 2mg prazosin at night, 175mg/2x day lamictal, and 15mg mirtazapine. also in talk therapy
It's the same for me, usually when I'm manic I'm really cheerful and feel like I could anything and want to do everything which usually hurts me in the long run. When I'm depressive it usually right after im really angry at something or someone other than that it the thoughts like feeling alone or worthless stuff like that. I haven't found a med that works for me yet. I've been diagnosed for 6 years I think
i was first diagnosed in 2010 and still i don't even know when my mood manic changes. i used to have a chart i needed to fill during my teens mostly. it was how many shifts in one day, the severity, symptoms and the lengths. it was so bad then that i was having at least 6 switches a day from extremely manic and i was so reckless during those episodes.
now it is more based on if i get triggered.
heres a true story from today. i woke up feeling "great," and in little pain and was going to go somewhere but the plans were canceled. that downed me a little but then i was trying to get ahold of my mom. i called her and she yelled upstairs that she was on the phone( sounds lazy but I'm bedridden 60% time so stairs to her aren't everyday) i got so irritated and i think jealous?, because i heard her laughing and said that i needed her to answer my calls because i may need help. idk why it just got to me so bad. 😕 that i ended up not eating and slept the rest of the day and kept room in the dark. didn't interact on social media or my games. i just slept.
It's a fine line. I actually just got out of the hospital for becoming manic, which felt as if I was not in control of any of my thoughts or emotions. Then it progressed into depressive mode. I'm on Cymbalta now
I just started that I hope it helps us both!
I find it very hard to have a real relationship also it is very hard getting along family. I also rarely make friends around my age cause I feel like an outcast.
I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 at 8 years old and as Sicky as that sounds its given me an advantage compared to someone diagnosed much later. Ive had a lot of time to learn about myself and my brain and how I react to things and what makes me different from other. When I enter a manic phase it feels like a high almost. Everything feels fluttery and I don't think about my words and actions as much before hand. I say I'm going to do crazy things and I see very off to others around me. Just like I'm being weird and no one really knows why. I find myself doing things that I'd never do in my right mind like making an expensive purchase or cheating on a partner. Everything is just so impulse for a person who normal thinks hard about every thing. Medicines have cut this down big time. Now my biggest manic trigger is just being overly tired or exhausted and staying up too late. I always feel better after a nights sleep. When I go into depression it's very very different. I personally experience mostly seasoned depression. Every year in high school around october its like I black out. I get so stressed and sad. Crying all the time and can't get out of Bed. Id miss a month of school at a time sometimes. the only thing that ever brought me out of it was the end of the winter seasons. I also experience depression strongly when I'm having relationship issues. I know depression in bipolar people is different than regular clinical depression because at the end of it we do pull out easier and its easier for external events to pull us out. I promise it gets easier. You'll be a pro at yourself one day!
I was just manic or still coming out of it. I couldn’t sleep had lots of energy, restless. Couldn’t sit or stand still. Felt like I was talking a mile a minute, and the thoughts just racing. I have multiple number of meds and I am sick of the number of pills I take at night. It’s a handful!!! I talked to a doctor about stopping one. Which I have almost gotten off of, and talked to my psychiatrist and hoping the pharmacy has it today so I can start the decreasing cycle for the next two weeks. I only wish I had a pain pill because I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain and hurt most of the time. The pain can make me more depressed because I don’t see a way out.
When my mania started it was all about sex. Might sound fun but it was absolutely horrible. I couldn't think of anything else, never slept or ate( lost 130lbs). Even though I started meds and therapy soon after symptoms started, it destroyed my life for a few years. I never slept around or anything, it was just always in my head. I'm terrified of mania now so I'm super careful to avoid all triggers and care for myself physically and emotionally. I have cptsd too so it's really hard to stay rational enough to keep myself safe.
Mental illness is a nightmare and when I'm on this app and hear others sharing experiences that are similar to mine it reminds me that I'm sick, not a bad person. Idk about y'all, but I do extremely foolish, reckless things when I'm either way up or way down.
On the upside, after a few years of therapy and meds I have definitely learned tools to cope and my quality of life finally seems to inching back up again. I'm glad I didn't give up when things were really bad.
thank you for sharing! I had problems with sex when I was younger. I would get totally reckless when I had been drinking. I made so many poor decisions. I have been on medications for over 25 years therapy off and on for maybe 30 years. I have been hospitalized so
Many times I have no idea anymore
I agree with your statement that mental illness is a nightmare I am so scared of what I say this past month that I have been manic. My mind and mouth don’t work together. It doesn’t help that the mind is not well, with the biochemical being screwy. Sleep is so hard for me, I am having such a hard time getting enough sleep. I keep going but just getting more and more run down
I'm sorry it's been so hard for you too. The sex stuff made me so ashamed for years but it's actually a common symptom of mania. I go between being very straight laced to very wild, almost like 2 separate personalities.
I've been having some success with alternative medicines lately. I'm still sticking with psych meds too, but honestly, the natural stuff helps me more. The sleeplessness is not ok for me, as it makes all symptoms much worse.
Alternative meds aren't for everyone but I was desperate.
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