How would you describe manic thoughts without them becoming actions.
I am currently experiencing a situation where i am having multiple thoughts about nothing specific (usually just random) and my mind is racing, I also find it impossible to concentrate on ANYTHING at the moment.
Would this be described as a mild manic episode ???
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Hello! It's been 20 years since my last manic episode, but I sure do remember the manic side of things.
Manic thoughts? Imagine that each thought is a train car. Each is connected to another. And another. And another. And another. Going very very fast. And the brakes don't work.
Most manic thoughts lead to "rapid speech". All of those thoughts are spoken, and then each tangent goes off from that, and that leads to another. Some are very obscure and would make sense only to the person with bipolar disorder.
I know it sounds strange, but it's good to see you here! I wouldn't wish Bipolar Disorder on anyone, but you're still a part of this board whether you have it or not my friend!
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It appears that any number of "leaders" might easilly have been diagnosed as BiPolar (either highly focused and acting OR sitting and sulking).
I was just diagnosed 3 days ago, so I'm new. When I have the thoughts, I usually write a lot. Sometimes e-mails to friends, sometimes just pages on my computer, (an informal journal, because I only write when I am up to it) it keeps me from driving people crazy. Last time I had thoughts, I did an outline for a SciFi book. When I get them again I will continue writing. You could put those thoughts to a creative use. It keeps you busy and it's a good outlet.
I get this all the time even with my meds. they wont stop. I try talking to myself , sometimes that helps or talking to my wife when she will listen. Anyone take meds to help stop this ? Or is the anything out there to help ?
I was in a manic state and my Dr. decided to add Adderall to the mix. I know it seems odd since it's a stimulant, but it really helped calm me down. I've read that it's usually used as a treatment for ADHD, but also for people who are resistant to other bipolar meds. You might bring it up with your Dr. Wouldn't hurt.
Lots of medicines slow down those manic thoughts. That is the point to mood stabilizers. Lithium, Topamax, and Seroquel work for me, but I have tried 10 others too. Those thoughts can become psychotic anad VERY DAMGEROUS to yourself and others. Don't underestimate this disorder. My racing thoughts lost me hundreds of thousands of dollars in bad, impulsive investments my grandiose thinking thought would make me a multi-millionare! I got into car accidents and many tickets. I bought many things on shopping things I never needed and couldn't return. It ruined my marriage of 11 years and lost countless friends who were afraid of my bizzare behavior. Now after being stable for several years I'm trying to rebuild my and my kids lives as a single mom. Keep trying until you get the right drugs and don't go off of them! It could make all the difference oin the quality of your life. Racing thought are NOT NORMAL and are a sign that your illness is in control. You must not allow that or suddenly without warning you could lose so much that you love!
My son who has ADHD took Adderall. It worked for him for a while then it became less and less of an effective drug for his particular situation, so the pdoc changed his meds- again, and again, and finally we have found the right cocktail mix. I've heard of others with BP who have taken Adderall or Ritalin and have had great success, even though, like you have stated, are stimulants.
Can you tell us how the drug effects you in any way; physical or mentally? I'd love to know as it would help me understand my son better.
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I've only been taking the Adderall XR for about 2 weeks now, so I'm not sure if I'm getting the full effect just yet. It's definitely slowed me down, at least to where I can sit with only maybe jiggling my leg or something like that, but it helps. It helps me focus too. I was in a pretty severe manic stage (for me) and it worked lots better than Abilify, Lamictal, and Geodon. I haven't noticed any bad side effects mentally or physically. It seems to wear off by early evening and I have some trouble with mood changes (depression like) then. That's the only drawback I see. Oh, and it helped suppress my appetite, but only for the first week. But, I could see that (suppressing the appetite) being a problem for children.
I hope I've answered your question. I certainly rambled on long enough. lol If ya ever want to ask me anything more...please do. I'd love to be of help to someone.