my warnings card symptoms are as follows and are meant to prevent full mania or depression by taking actions I mentioned previously n.b. they also need reviewing regularly to check the relevance e.g. I'm no longer working! Symptoms of Mania (main ones)
Work....these symptoms need to continue for about 10 days.
Getting up at 5am into work by 630am coming home at 9pm, working through lunch, not wanting my dinner when I get home.
Staying away from home in the pub after work getting in early hours and still getting up at 5am
Lack of interaction with the children. Husband going to bed without Me.
House being spotless (I'm not a massively tidy person); where am I finding the time? Secondary symptoms not work related
Wanting friends around every night for a party
Keeping my husband up 'to talk' (I do all the talking)
Not sleeping Depression
Procrastination about everything
Sleeping all the time
Negative thoughts (and speech) about money, marriage, weight, house.
Crying at anything
Seconday symptoms can include
Indecisive - NO decision making capacity (not even over a breakfast choice of 1)
Sophia also gives some really good advice here and has clearly taken on a complete and comprehensive traditional and alternative therapy combination.
"And last but not least Stay Connected to God -I find that when I lose my connection with God my mood goes down hill too. If I stop praying I get depressed. When I lose sight of something greater than me then I start to think I am the center of the universe and when that happens I get depressed. People are meant to have a connection to something greater than that. Foster that connection and it will help your mood."
Of course this is very subjective, I am Pagan. I choose to follow the earth and nature as my religion. I see the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are holy days, the earth is my temple, its plants and creatures my partners and teachers. I worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. I respect life (which fills me with total anguish after a low period where I have contemplated anything against this) I cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation.
Last but not least, a little ditty that always makes me smile and I truly believe we can all learn from.... Things We Can Learn from Dogs
Never pass up the chance for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Never pretend to be something you are not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
When you are happy, dance around and wag your whole body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing, run back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.