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Identifying and Tracking Bipolar Symptoms

Identifying and Tracking Bipolar Symptoms

The erratic nature of this chronic disorder also means that everyone’s experience looks a little bit different so identifying and tracking bipolar symptoms can be important. Bipolar symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression and mixed episodes all cause some level of discomfort or disruption of functioning. By being able to identify, understand and track your bipolar symptoms, you increase your chances of being able to keep yourself healthy. Knowledge is power.

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Bad Days and Bad Mania in Bipolar Disorder

Bad Days and Bad Mania in Bipolar Disorder

I could feel the mania of my bipolar disorder begin, irritability bubbling up, about to explode, and I wanted to cry (Bipolar Mania And The Impact of Manic Symptoms). At 8:30 in the morning, my commuter parking deck on campus was already packed. Once stepping foot outside of the parking deck, the entire campus was crowded and packed with people and cars racing around the city.

I’ve been at this campus for ages, and this is only the third day of the fall semester. Of course it will be packed. It’s time for incoming freshmen to get acclimated, explore, meet new people… Time for football (or basketball at VCU!), city festivals, and trying new restaurants… This should be exciting for me, but instead I feel the Bad Mania of my bipolar disorder coming on.

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Symptoms of Bipolar Mania or Personality Traits?

Symptoms of Bipolar Mania or Personality Traits?

Typically, when people talk about bipolar disorder, the extent of their understanding and knowledge about the disorder is that we have our ups and downs. We become depressed, followed by an episode of mania (intense energy and ups). Many people who do not live with bipolar disorder or do not have experience with it do not understand that we live with so much more – the good and the bad.

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My Yearly Bipolar Check Up

My Yearly Bipolar Check Up

The anniversary of my father’s passing is nearly here. It’s given me pause to reflect on what my life’s been like this last year. I went into a deep depression that lasted from September to February. I had a short lived hypomanic episode, too. I would say that I wish my year had been better, but it could’ve been worse.

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Maintaining One’s Wits with Bipolar

Maintaining One’s Wits with Bipolar

I’m feeling better. The anger and paranoia are gone. I guess I must have been at the end of my hypomanic phase. I’m so glad! It was a minor diversion compared to what it could have been. I guess the medicine made it lighter. It would’ve been better if the medicine had made it stay away. I wonder if they make bipolar medicines like that for me?

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Maintaining One’s Wits with Bipolar

Maintaining One’s Wits with Bipolar

I’m feeling better. The anger and paranoia are gone. I guess I must have been at the end of my hypomanic phase. I’m so glad! It was a minor diversion compared to what it could have been. I guess the medicine made it lighter. It would’ve been better if the medicine had made it stay away. I wonder if they make bipolar medicines like that for me?

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Hypomania and Anger in Bipolar Disorder

Hypomania and Anger in Bipolar Disorder

Cristina describes what it’s like to be in a hypomanic episode.  Watch this bipolar video on hypomania.

Bipolar Video: What the Symptoms of Hypomania Look Like

Please share your hypomania, hypomanic episode experiences in the comments section below.

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Surfing the Bipolar Wave

Surfing the Bipolar Wave

I do believe I’m in hypomania. *Sigh* This isn’t the euphoric kind of mania. It’s been filled with anger and paranoia. My first impulse was to call my doctor, but how much more can the bipolar medication dosage be adjusted? Isn’t it enough that my hands shake when I hold them out?

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Making It Through Some Bipolar Days

Making It Through Some Bipolar Days

It’s a gray day outside and I hate it. Spring is supposed to be filled with sunny days, but all we’ve seen lately is rain and gray days. I’m pretty sure it’s affecting my mood and I hate that, too. I’ve been full of anger lately. It eats at the center of my chest until I feel like there’s a gaping hole. I’m mad, too, that my bipolar medicine isn’t taking care of all my symptoms. I expected miracles and that just isn’t happening.

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