What is bipolar mania?
Bipolar mania – or a manic episode as part of a bipolar illness – is a condition most commonly characterized by having an abnormally elevated mood, along with such other symptoms as an excess of energy, extravagant behavior, rapid speech, reckless spending and hallucinations. A person who is experiencing mania is having a manic episode, as opposed to a hypomanic or depressive episode.
Today, I woke up feeling seriously off. I’ve been on Effexor (antidepressant) for a few months now to combat depression.
Though today I realized I’m now in the beginning stages of mania. I know, great, huh!
As per my psychiatrist I’ve discontinued taking my Effexor. I’m really hoping I don’t go into full-blown mania!
My speech has been fast for the last few days, I’ve gained an odd sense of humor, I’m irritable, I want to spend money, I’m beginning to feel invincible, I feel like accomplishing a million and one tasks, and feeling vicarious.
Not a good sign!
Luckily my sleep hasn’t been interrupted too much. Though, I’ve been seeing things that are not there.
I’m going to call my case manager today to talk this out. She has been a great support, and is my other option to having me call crisis support.
My hesitation with calling crisis is that I’m worried they will want to hospitalize me. I don’t want that!
Frankly, I don’t think I need to go to the hospital (as of yet), as I’m not full-blown manic …yet.
I have a bit of nervous energy right now, and going to run on my treadmill to hopefully drain that.
I’ve stopped drinking coffee for now, as its contributing to my nervousness. My energy level is increasing. I feel as though I’m running inside myself. Sounds weird I know, but the only way I can describe it.
I’m going to plug-in my music to help distract me from myself. It’s a great outlet!
I have a simple project I’m going to partake in, latch hook. Its like crocheting but less difficult. These few steps are really helpful when combating mania.
I’m really trying to control myself as I go through this. Therapy is also a great outlet. It helps to talk it out!
I see my therapist on Friday, but will probably call to talk to her beforehand.
It’s really important for those in mania to keep busy in a positive manner and to seek-out professional help to manage it.
Taking control is crucial during these times.
A few other tips to help manage mania are:
- Contact your psychiatrist and therapist
- Follow a daily routine
- Keep your wallet light
- Try to refrain from alcohol
- Keep busy, and stay productive
- Write or set-up a blog
- Identity triggers
- Identity what is fueling the mania
- Take the fuel away
These are achievable tasks to guide you to managing mania.
I’m following all to help me through this in hopes to stay out of trouble.
I’ll keep you all abreast as to how I’m doing, and how I’m managing through it all.
If you have any tips on how you manage, please share!