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Old 05-01-2001, 02:08 AM   #1
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What does being in a manic episode actually feel like?

My psychiatrist (which i didnt like ) thought i could be bi-polar..
I stopped going to him cause i didnt like him and am having my regualr doc treat me.
I believe my anxiety is the cause of my prob . due to my life did a 360 then my problems started... My question is my doc said that if i was bi-polar i would know because since ive been on zoloft now for two weeks if i was bi -polar i would be very "manic" and I would know it..
I dont feel bad on it at all a little bit at the beginning but it kinda tapered off.
My worst side effects are im extremely tired and i have sexual side effects(delayed ejaculation)..
How would I knoow if i'm in a manic episode or not?

ive been on zoloft for two weeks now..
first week at 25mg and the second at 50 mg

any help is greatly appriecated
thanks

 
Old 05-01-2001, 01:38 PM   #2
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Re: What does being in a manic episode actually feel like?

Hi there help..

Seemingly not bipolar here, so I can't quite address it directly, but I have friends that are and so I have some limited understanding of the nature of the problem. It all comes in varying degrees. Some are bipolar to an extreme degree and others are not. Cycles and timeframes also vary dramatically among individuals.

Feeling a manic high generally, is feeling you can conquer the world singlehandedly. You can fly to the moon. You can do anything at all you want to and it will be fine. You are equivalent to Superman/Superwoman.

As I understand it, this can be a very dangerous period, because these feelings are very often not realistic. Some have done extreme things like try to fly during these periods. So its a time to recognize, as much as one possibly can. But again, it varys, so this is not quite what is felt by everyone, or always, in a manic episode.

Zoloft as with many other AD's, can often take as much as 4-6 weeks to become truly effective, so you may be expecting more than it can give, at this particular time. The time is necessary to build up a blood concentration that holds a more consistent level in the body.

I wish you the best.. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
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Old 05-01-2001, 04:08 PM   #3
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Re: What does being in a manic episode actually feel like?

Hi there.

I am bi-polar and if you were having a manic episode you would totally know it. You said you were tired and that is one thing you definatly don't get in manic episodes. I had one last me a few weeks and in 3 weeks I slept maybe a grand total of 10 hours. And I just kept going. It's kinda like being on speed I guess not that I would know cuz I have never done it but from what I hear of speed it's sorta the same. You just feel like you could run the world in 30 seconds and you always want to move. You talk really fast. You mind works faster then your mouth can so you are often misunderstood. You do silly things like spend money you don't have drive excessivly fast feel like you are invincible. stuff like that. I haven't had an episode in a few months now. But in general I am a hyperactive person. I think they thought I had A.D.D or something but then when I went into a major depression they finally got me figured. I did however notice in my writing and stuff that when I am in a manic episode I very rarely finish my senetencs and skip subjects a lot before I even finish a thought but I don't notice it cuz in my head it's already done but my hands couldn't keep up with me. And I type nearly 100 words a minute so that's an idea of how fast my head goes. Now I don't think all manic episodes are the same but in general you just can't slow ANYTHING down. I am only 20 so I should be active but there is a limit.

Another thing I found out. I don't know if I remember this right or not so don't quote me but before they diagnosed me as bi-polar they were just treating my depression with anti depressants and they didn;t work it was 2 months and they had kept on doubling my medicine and it kept making me worse. Then when I found out I was bi-polar they told me sometimes with some people anti depressants will make a bi-polar experience worse mood swings. They are more severe and more often.
If you get a high you deny anything is wrong with you. You will think you are fine and that nothing will bring you back down. I made that mistake and a week later ended up in the hospital for attempted suicide..

So My advice is to be careful and make sure you tell your DR everything.

Best of luck. Let us know how it goes.

Kim<p>[This message has been edited by ups and downs (edited 05-01-2001).]

 
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