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Re: celexa and superenergy

Posted by Sean on July 28, 1999, at 13:01:03

In reply to Re: celexa and superenergy, posted by gail on July 28, 1999, at 7:17:35

> > > I have been on Celexa for 2 1/2 months. For the last week I have been felling a bit of anxiety but more wired. I cleaned my house yesterday until 10 pm. The kids were in awe and I was racing. Is this normal or a different phase of Celexa?
> >
> > I just started on Zoloft again and this happens
> > every time. I really enjoy it, but at some point
> > I start going too fast for my own good and stop
> > sleeping very much.
> >
> > I recognize this as hypomania, especially when I
> > start buying lots of things I don't need and
> > get too social for my own good.
> >
> > So be careful of this effect. You might end up needing
> > to take a mood stabiliser...
> >
> > Sean.
> Hypomania? Give me details, please. I just thought I was feeling "normal" for the first time in a very long time and had great energy. I'll tell you this though, I have felt so good on Celexa.

Well I'm not a doctor, so my concept of hypomania
is based on thinking about my own experiences
and talking with therapists. All the same, there
are a few key symptoms that seem to be common to

The first thing is not sleeping. If you are getting
good sleep, it is hard to make a case for hypomania.
For me, I get to this point where I'm sleeping
2-3 hours/night. I've always backed off the meds after
about a week of this because I can tell I'm really
starting get wacky. Mind you, I'm having a total
blast, but objectively, I've been slowly getting
"out there". After a night or two of rest, I will
find that for whatever reason, I've purchased
dumb things that seemed important at the time.
One time I wound
up buying all these books on UFO's and aliens
and basically stayed up reading them for a few
days. I finally started fearing that I might be
abducted and told my girlfriend about this. But
she could tell that I had just wound myself up
into this rarified mental space and it was obvious
to her that something strange was going on.
I also seem to get really flirty with people.

But all of this is fun compared to stewing in a
the neurological morass of depression isn't it?
I do have a few days where I'm right
where I'd like to be: sleeping well, generally
happy, and focused on projects which have
substantial meaning to me. This seems like a
much more sustainable place to live from; yet it
happens to be almost impossible for my brain to

I guess this means that hypomania is not always
bad and what seems normal to one person might in
fact be hypomanic for another. If things happen
that damage healthy relationships or responsibilities,
it is possible that hypomania is happening. I
have found that sleep often "brings me down" and
lack of sleep cranks me up. From what I've read,
this is a classic atypical/bipolar pattern. At
the moment, I'm using sleep and benzos along with
pauses in AD therapy to manage my mood swings. It
isn't as good as lithium, but I feel better

Hope this helps you!





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