So I'm in an Indigo bookstore in Toronto. And it's wonderful, maybe I'll spend the rest of my vacation in here. Anyhoo, apart from checking out my favourite authors and the entire Sci-Fi section, I thought I'd check out the stuff on being bipolar. And their collection is okay. And they have books about being... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Seroquel works as an antimanic and antianxiety drug. It stabilises my moods, allows me to focus and get tasks done, and relieves my anxiety of people. But it also makes me very sleepy and groggy.
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. Click on the picture below to get a larger image. Use the back button on your browser to come back to this page. Alternatively, you can... Continue Reading →
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.... Continue Reading →
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. I'm assuming you've read the Being Manic... Continue Reading →
Keeping a mood chart is the best way for you to understand your depression and mania cycles. Here's an easy one to set up.
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
A friend of mine has been subject to some ongoing mild harassment by a guy and I, in a manic mood and in a public place, yelled at him to stop bothering her. No cursing but somewhat threatening. My friend was absolutely mortified. So, was this a bad thing? Probably yes. He's stopped harassing her.... Continue Reading →