Posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 22:22:46
In reply to re: sweating and heart rate SEs » Lyrical13, posted by Mercedes on January 5, 2004, at 15:59:01
Sounds like BP2 could apply to you. HEre's what I've learned so far...
I was reading something about the new thinking about mood disorders being on a spectrum with major depression at one end and mania at the other end. bipolar, in it's various forms is somewhere in between. BP1 is what has classically been known as BP aka manic-depressive. You can also have mixed states where you're depressed and agitated. depression with GAD is often confused with BP2 because they can look the same...in reality it's not depression with anxiety..it's a mixed state of BP...depression with an agitated or hyperaroused state. I believe my pdoc said that BP2 is mostly depression with some hypomania. Characteristics of hypomania include euphoria, inflated sense of confidence, feeling invincible and like you can take on the world, irritability, sudden temper outbursts, spending sprees, sexual indiscretions, talking a lot/loud/excessively, insomnia/reduced need for sleep, feeling like there are so many things that need to be done there's no time for sleep/eating, rapid cycling (back and forth between moods) There are some good sites with explanations about this that I have found helpful. Plus I found a ton of books at the library....I'm entering into the hypomanic now...I'm not way into it yet..so far I've mostly been able to resist the spending... I have been tempted on amazon.com many many times but so far I've gotten offline...after adding about 6 books to my cart...then moving them to my wishlist instead...then I go and look for them at the library..which is better...but now I have a stack of about 8 books here and I have another 16 requested to be put on hold for me plus another 40 on my wishlist for later..... Now they're not all on mood stuff...I actually put together several different lists yesterday (on my library site there's an option to either request the book or "add to my list"....so I now have about 10 different lists on subjects ranging from gardening to organizing to woodworking..dyslexia...depression...bipolar... landscaping....etc etc...and that's only the non-fiction..I guess it's better that I didn't BUY all those boooks but still it's a bit excessive. Last spring I spent $300 at one crack on gardening supplies, flowers etc at Lowes. A few days later I spent $200 at the craft store when I went in there to get 2 things. A week after that I dropped another $100 or so at Home Depot.. more gardening...the problem was, then I went to pay bills and guess what? I was quite a bit short! Now I have a whole cupboard full of unfinished craft projects...many that I didn't even touch...like I decided to decorate our home office in a garden theme since gardening makes me happy...I thought I could then enjoy my garden year round...I decided I would incorporate bird houses...well I think I must have bought about 20 different bird houses and it's only about a 8x10 room! Another thing is, I didn't want my husband to know that I had bought all this stuff so a lot of it I snuck into the house and hid so he wouldn't know. OUr yard is beautiful but I bought so many flowers that after I had planted as many as I could in our yard, I started a community garden near the gate to the school yard behind our house and planted some at my grandma's. Then I gave a bunch of plants to several of my neighbors....I also mailed out 3 separate sets of fliers about cool ideas I had to friends, family and neighbors.. all of which I was going to organize. I also startred about 3 or 4 different quilting projects and a couple of cross stitch projects... plus we got a new dog and were busy training her and I started volunteering my time for other projects left and right, not to mention all the home renovation projects we have going. Did I mention the night I stayed up all night painting the office?
I also lately have found myself unable to shut up. I hear these things coming out of my mouth and I feel really obnoxious. I'm telling myself to just shut up and I can't. Maybe that has something to do with these book-length posts.
Anyway..that's a glimpse of hypomania....I think the difference between that and full blown mania is a difference of degree.
Anyway..good luck on your journey... L13