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pandasss

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how long do depressive episodes usually last if you have bipolar 2? I was hypomanic last week for 4 days and then I had the downslope and now I'm starting to feel manic again. I do have rapid cycling because I've been manic 3 times since summer but can it be back to back?

    • aries02

      558d

      It’s different for everyone. My manic episodes typically last 3 days at most. My depressive episodes, on the other hand, can last for months and they sort of have waves. I will be overall depressed for long periods of time with suicidal thoughts that would come and go, but I was still making it through the day. I think they call it “waking depression” sometimes. Then I have about 2-3 weeks of severe depression. During that time it progressively worsens until I hit a wall. Then for 2-3 days or as long as a week I will have extremely severe depression where I cannot leave my bed, talk to anyone, make it through the day sober, etc. This last period ends one of two ways. 1- a manic episode. 2- I fuck something up and realize I have to get my shit together, in which case this depression cycle repeats until I have a manic episode. However there were times when I was able to feel normal between episodes because the depression was mild enough for me to work around I just want to add that I’ve had a lot of success with the most recent medication I’ve been on and haven’t had any episodes, mania or depression, in quite some time. I also attribute a lot of that to the fact that I stopped smoking weed everyday, which was really hard at first but I felt so better even after the first week. If you’re a frequent smoker I would give it a try

      • pandasss

        557d

        @aries02 ohh thank you! I can try to not smoke as much but I don't think I can quit yet. I think you're right though it might just be me feeling "normal" instead of manic/depressed. I haven't felt this healthy in a while except for last week with my manic episode which I felt really good but had some bad habits, thank you 💕

        • aries02

          557d

          @pandasss i didn’t stop all at once! I just didn’t smoke one night and then i would go a couple nights and a time and the it was only weekends for a while and now it’s usually only with my friends or if I want to treat myself haha I haven’t quit all together but its really helped!

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