Posted by morganator on December 17, 2009, at 8:44:22
In reply to Re: Atypical Depression versus Bipolar Depression » morganator, posted by SLS on December 17, 2009, at 6:39:09
> > I think mood reactivity is present in both bipolar and atypical depression. At least my friend and I both have experienced it pretty regularly. We both agree that we could be thrust out of feeling depressed fairly quickly and suddenly feel more on the hypomanic side in reaction to something good happening to us.
> Sounds intense.
> Do you think that you can learn to seek out
hypomania through psychotherapy?
I may be biased, but yes I think I can. It may depend on the individual though.
I'm not sure how hypomanic I was. I certainly had plenty of periods of feeling fairly laid back and calm(especially after playing basketball for 3 hours straight-hypomanic?) I think there are many high functioning hypomanics out there. I tended to fluctuate I think. I was not the type that was super productive and didn't require or didn't get much sleep on a regular basis. I got sleep, I just had lots of energy and I was on the wild and crazy side. Then I would go through periods of being more calm and focused, especially when I was staying away from the drinking. Let's just say I think there are different levels of hypomania.