Posted by ST on May 14, 2002, at 3:48:01
In reply to Re: Does this sound like a manic episode? » bookgurl99, posted by Zo on May 12, 2002, at 6:26:32
Hypomania is tricky. Full blown mania can more oftentimes be spotted. Like Zo, my hypomanias were very seldom about elation but rather anxiety and racing thoughts, uneasiness. In the beginning of my hypomanic episodes, I would be chatty and "the life of the party" but it would soon disintegrate in to road rage and irritability and fun stuff like that.
> Yeah, it kinda does, to me. Hypomania. Have to disagree with Judy, but I think that's only because she has flaming mania--buying the shoes in every size--whereas my lowgrade hypomanias were not remotely as interesting, but just wore the hell out of me--all the more for remaining undiagnosed for so many years. And years.
> Inability to sleep and racing thoughts. . .
> It's a common misperception, too, that mania = elation. Maybe true mania, but I only wish. . .There is irritable hypomania, agitated hypomania. . .Mixed states are really nasty, and partly what delayed my diagnosis. Doctor after doctor turned me away because I wasn't *elated.*
> . "severe insomnia and inability to stop thinking. . " Just be watchful if you start to go down. Get in touch with your pdoc immed.