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bipolar questions
April 23, 2009
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Ok, so i've always been moody - high highs and low lows, but not so extreme so as to be diagnosed with full scale bipolar. I know people who are and I know that my cycles don't swing to their extremes, but it is enough that it sometimes bothers me.

Yesterday, it seemed like I was teetering between depressed and manic. Like one minute I'm running out of fuel and the next, my engine is revving to go. I suspect this was heightened by my lunch of coke and cheez-its. An actual fuel issue, but for some time, I've felt really low energy alternating with running 75mph. Maybe that's the rhythm of my life?

Some days, about once every three months or so, I have to take a day or two and do almost nothing. Lay in bed and read or watch TV. Nothing. Is that awful? I wonder. I do so much that I do think its not unreasonable to need to recharge my battery, I just wonder if I shouldn't be more strategic about trying to even out my moods or deal with the low battery and also leverage the manic.

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April 23, 2009
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Bonni,

Just a suggestion-- I think the food relation to moods or energy has a strong connection. You might want to try avoiding those foods that have a tendency to cause you to go ZOOM. Cut down on sugars and carbs for a bit. You don't need to eliminate them, but you could just see if maybe you're particularly sensitive to them. That way you can at least see.

Wrong to do nothing for a day or two? My god, no. What in the world is wrong with that?

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April 23, 2009
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Bonni, i was with a bipolar man b4 and he wasn't on meds and his moods swings were huge, one minute happy and high on himself, the next minute very anger...they were very obvious moods swings....either really into himself and feeling good, or just plain out mean and angry person.

I guess the only way to determine would be a doctors check up.

But from what you write, your moods swings do not seem unreasonable, or out of control.

((camer)))

April 23, 2009
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thanks, I feel better. Usually my food choices are pretty sane. Yesterday was an exception. The crackers were the best choice among those offered and I couldn't drink but half of the coke. I usually carry a granola bar and beef jerky, but I grabbed the wrong coat. I agree that that played in, on top of all the stress.

I need a down day and I can't seem to get it scheduled in.

bonni

April 23, 2009
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Bonni,

A bipolar's cycle is much, much longer than what you are describing. Generally the manic phase lasts for several years followed by a depression of several years. Even rapid cyclers have at least three months before they switch.

The mood swings that Camer described are a result of the mania. Hypomanic people are prone to bursts of anger and also a feeling of grandiosity.

I'm not a professional. But I learned everything I could about this disorder, because my father has it (mostly untreated), my best friend (managed on meds and I am her lifeline in case she gets sick) and my recently ex-boyfriend was diagnosed with it as well, although he never accepted that diagnosis and went on to receive other diagnoses.

My psychiatrist told me that most of the people who think they may be bipolar are not, and the people who insist they are fine, are the ones who tend to have it! He told me that when I was worried about having it myself. Same goes for Borderline Personality Disorder, by the way.

Anyway good luck and love to you!

April 23, 2009
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soofoo,
thats very helpful. I do have the bursts of anger too. its good to know that the fact that i'm going back and forth is not in the cycle. I know I'm not fine. I think I'm not normal. But I also realize I'm not extremely off, just a little. I'd just like to manage it better, understand it. probably food and sleep and hydration and exercise.

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