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Re: If you try to stay high you're bound to be low. .

Posted by SLS on February 25, 2006, at 8:57:15 [reposted on February 25, 2006, at 14:27:09 | original URL]

In reply to If you try to stay high you're bound to be low. . (nm), posted by mattw84 on February 25, 2006, at 1:10:47

It is not likely that a true mania has been triggered. It sounds to me more like an energized disinhibition produced by the benzodiazepine (with or without caffeine).

The point of the subject header is a very important one. Although there are a few people who remain consistently hypomanic for many years, this is the exception rather than the rule. Usually, each episode of hypomania is of short duration, often lasting for a matter of days to a few weeks. It can feel great. The downside is that there is usually a downside. Hypomanias don't usually resolve into a euthymic (normal) state. Rather, they end with a moodswing into depression. Sometimes this depression remits spontaneously after a few days, sometimes it does not remit until there is a medical intervention.

There are many examples of celebrities in the past whom have experienced prolific periods of creativity during hypomanic episodes. Unfortunately, many of these same people committed suicide while in the depressed state that followed the hypomania.

- Scott




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