I need to induce mania
I've read another blog and these were the top 4 suggestions:
1. Anxiety or a stressful situation
2. Lack of sleep
3. A surplus of caffeine
And oddly enough,
4. A cigarette.
First, I've been diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder which is unfortunate, I think because I have longer periods of depression, and by depression I mean debilitating, self-sabotaging depression where my mind is my own worst enemy. These long periods are as you know followed by short periods of hypomania which good or bad I much more prefer. I have stayed in my house in my chair all weekend long, getting up only when I have to pee which I wait to do until the absolute last minute. Yes, I take my meds faithfully. But I absolutely need a manic episode in the worst way. I'm at the point where I'm convinced that's the only possible solution. So, all that being said, I've considered the options above and here are my responses to each.
1. Stress hasn't worked. It's what has caused this depression
2. and 3. Caffeine. I will try both. I will go to bed at my normal time and wake up two hours earlier. I'm on adderall so I'll take a cpl of them and throw some coffee into the mix.
4. Cigarette- ironically this could have been an option but I quit in March and can't stand the taste of it.
I have to go to work tomorrow with in a much better place than I've been all weekend and I truly believe mania, or rather hypo mania is the only solution.
Any other suggested triggers for hypo mania?