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Old 10-12-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Having An "Up"

Ok, for the past few days I have not been able to accomplish anything. I've only been sleeping two hours a night. I always seem giddy, am always doing something constructive, but not doing the work I need to be doing because I can't concentrate on it. I feel exhausted yet I don't care. I don't want to sleep. Its never been this bad before, I know its not normal but I feel great.
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Old 10-12-2005, 11:08 AM   #2
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Yes the days are filled with brightness when we are fling high, almost like heaven . I know my current mood is an even wave length which I am pretty satisfied with . If you have a diary,it might benefit you to write about your dreams and life in general, so that you could start a series of short stories at the height of your bliss.

You might want want to consider getting a good sleep in so you are more ready for the day to day life stressors you'll encounter. Stay safe!!

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Old 10-12-2005, 11:55 AM   #3
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Re: Having An "Up"

Thanks! I will consider ALL of those things!
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Old 10-12-2005, 04:12 PM   #4
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Re: Having An "Up"

I would say you are cycling up towards manic. I always feel wonderful during those periods right before I cycle all the way into a full blown manic episode. The and sad part is this stage doesn't last and mania is always where I end up.

Full blown mania is not wonderful. I've discovered there is a huge connection between sleep and mania. If I go without sleeping, as I want to do, I inevitably end up totally manic. However, If I am able to force myself to
get some sleep I can stave off most full blown manic attacks.

I recommend sleep, even just 4 hrs worth. You'll feel better for it.

As for keeping a journal, I wouldn't concentrate so much on dreams as I would concentrate on the details of your daily life. You'd be surprised how much help this information can be to yourself as well as your doctor in learning about how you're functioning with Bipolar.

Sleep.
And be careful.

 
Old 10-13-2005, 11:40 AM   #5
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Re: Having An "Up"

After I had a bad case of mania I got very depressed. ( I had most of both symptons)

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder differs significantly from clinical depression, although the symptoms for the depressive phase of the illness are similar. Most people who have bipolar disorder talk about experiencing "highs" and "lows" – the highs are periods of mania, the lows periods of depression. These swings can be severe, ranging from extreme energy to deep despair. The severity of the mood swings and the way they disrupt normal life activities distinguish bipolar mood episodes from ordinary mood changes.

Symptoms of mania - the "highs" of bipolar disorder
Increased physical and mental activity and energy
Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
Racing speech, racing thoughts, flight of ideas
Impulsiveness, poor judgment, distractibility
Reckless behavior
In the most severe cases, delusions and hallucinations

Symptoms of depression - the "lows" of bipolar disorder
Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
Pessimism, indifference
Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
Unexplained aches and pains
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

 
Old 10-13-2005, 07:55 PM   #6
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Re: Having An "Up"

What's your point?

 
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