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Hypomania

So I saw my psychiatrist today and he agreed that I'm manic. It's kinda scary. 

Has anyone else experienced mania or hypomania before as I'm not exactly sure how to cope with it, it's been like a year since I've been manic and then it ended with me having to have surgery. I don't want that to happen again.

Does anyone have any tips or ways to control my energy and impulsivity or to bring myself down slowly. 

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Re: Hypomania

Hey @redhead that's big news. Does it feel better to know this? Am I right that you suspected this could be the case? I think it's important to remember that managing mania can take time, so well done on reaching out already for tips and strategies on controlling the energy.

 

The mates over at Sane Australia have an awesome article on this. There's so so so much in this piece, I can't recommend it enough.

 

One snippet I have pulled out for you, hope it helps - 

 

A self-care tool can be anything that helps you feel healthy and relaxed. Try to:

  • Limit activities and tasks – If you can’t scale back, focus on the most important activities. Avoid spending more than six hours being active each day. Spend the rest of the time relaxing.
  • Don’t exhaust yourself – Trying to tire yourself through exercise or stimulating activities doesn’t reduce energy, it increases it, feeding your mania.
  • Avoid stimulating surroundings – Such as crowded parties, clubs and bars, malls, energising places, playing fast music and watching stimulating movies.
  • Avoid stimulating foods and beverages - Avoid caffeine, soft drink, energy drinks and any vitamins or over-the-counter medication with caffeine.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Aim for at least 6 hours of sleep per night - If you have difficulty falling asleep try some of the SANE suggestions for good sleep hygiene.
  • Try calming activities - Take a walk, yoga, breathe deeply, listen to relaxing music, talk to a calming friend, or have a quiet bath.

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@Bree-RO thanks. Yeh I suspected it, the emergency Dr I saw on Monday said it was the case, I wanted it confirmed with my psychiatrist though.

And I didn't know exercise increased mania, that's one way I've coped with it in the past, same with the music.
I can't sit still long enough to relax though. I can't focus on simple tasks and things like meditation and baths just leave me more agitated.

I'll have a read of the article thanks.
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Maybe bring the exercise question up with Doc @redhead I didn't either to be honest!

 

I really hope you get some further strategies on this one, we're all here to support you through this Smiley Happy 

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@Bree-RO im not seeing my psychiatrist again for another 2 weeks. I'll speak to my case manager about it when I see her Monday
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My best mate/temp house mate is getting really sick of my mood. Hes frustrated with me. It's not my fault though, I feel out of control.
I walked another 18km today and then spent too much money at kmart.
I'm scared it's going to keep going and I'll end up in hospital. I have stuff I want to do in November I don't need this.
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Hi @redhead, I can see why you'd feel worried about that. It's good you're going to check in with your case worker on Monday.

What can you do for self care tonight before bed? Does anything help make you feel a little more balanced?

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@TOM-RO idk I'm drinking ice tea and playing soduko to try to relax. Sleep is the thing that keeps me balanced the most.

I'm also scared I'm going to go psychotic, I can't calm down
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I hope you get some restful sleep tonight Smiley Happy

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Why can't I cam down... I can't fucking do anything.
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