Can I Tell if I Am Manic?

Someone asked me – “When you are manic, is it was possible to tell if you yourself are manic, or do you just think you are acting normal.”

It is a good question.

The answer is – yes, it is possible for me to recognise the symptoms of mania while I am manic. But like everything else, it is a bit more complicated than just that. Continue reading Can I Tell if I Am Manic?

Thirty Symptoms of Mania

When I start to feel this way I describe below, or when these symptoms show up, I know that I am either already manic or in the early stages of becoming manic. Hypomania is simply a milder version of mania – but it is still enough to cause problems.

The “Mania is Wonderful” Signs

1. I feel great!

My energy level rises and anything I want to do, I just do. I feel confident about my decisions. Nothing is problematic – I can fix anything. I feel good about myself and I’m happy. I have the best of all possible lives.

This is like the feeling you get when you’ve just successfully pulled off a great project. Except it stays with us all the time. And it’s wonderful – if I could have this feeling all the time, I would.

Continue reading Thirty Symptoms of Mania

Graphic Representation of Manic Symptoms

The diagram below shows at a glance the twenty eight symptoms of mania that I experience and also how they are interlinked. It’s a quick reference, if you will.

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Chart with mania symptoms

Alternatively, you can go to the itemised list of symptoms that I have when I am hypomanic or manic, which describes the symptoms in detail.

Things that might Cause or Trigger Manic Eposodes

I am of the opinion that generally the mood swings happen on their own, following a pattern or cycle based on your body’s internal rhythms.

I also think that these cycles is fairly resistant to external events or triggers. So the stuff happening in your life is generally not the cause for your mood swings. Rather your mood swings are what are causing your life to go wonky.

Here’s the fine print though. Continue reading Things that might Cause or Trigger Manic Eposodes

Knowing When You are Becoming Manic

In order to manage being bipolar, you have to be able to monitor your moods. Of course that is easier said than done. After all, what does monitoring mean? What do you look for?

Let’s just start with mania. Here’s how to know if you are becoming manic. Continue reading Knowing When You are Becoming Manic

Dealing with this manic episode

One of life’s little benefits is that you can use your mania to control your mania.

Here’s why. With mania, you tend to have high productivity and lots of manic energy. It turns out that you can channel some of the excess energy to monitor how you are feeling and what you are doing.

And then, armed with this information, you can then use your energy / productivity to take action to calm yourself down and reduce your mania. Continue reading Dealing with this manic episode

If You are Very Manic

If you are very manic, you MUST seek assistance from a psychiatrist.

There are no choices in this matter. Your decision making capabilities will be substantially impaired, even if you don’t think so, and even if you think you are functioning normally. You will not be able to sort this out on your own.

If you are very manic you will be doing some or all of the following: Continue reading If You are Very Manic

Official Signs for Depression and Manic Depression

The following are the official signs of what consists a manic or depressed episode and what Bipolar Disorder is. The information is taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Personally, I think this information is confusing or vague and is not quite as useful as the signs of mania and depression I’ve noticed in myself. However, since this is the information used by psychiatrists to decide whether you are depressed or manic or bipolar, I’ve decided to include it. Continue reading Official Signs for Depression and Manic Depression