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How does your mania or hypomania make you feel?

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I know a lot of people actually enjoy their mania and the good feelings it brings. So much so that they don't want to be medicated to avoid it!

My first hypomanic episode that I was aware of was intensely uncomfortable for me. I felt so keyed up and full of this energy that made me feel like I MUST move that it scared me and made me so very anxious. I told my Psych that I do not want to feel like that again.

What about ya'll?

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Boots, Hypomanic? I don't know what it is. i'm guessing but tomorrow I'll look it up. Is it like a panic attack on crack? Only minus the fearful feelings?

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Hypomanic is mania just toned down a little it manifests differently for everyone. For me in the past it's been small spending sprees, randomly deciding to go 90 miles to the next town just to go shopping, things like that

I supposed for some you could describe it as a panic on crack.

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My hypomania is definitely not a happy feeling. Or, it sort of starts that way. I feel empowered, like I'm ready to take on the world. And then, I try to. That's where it turns into anxiety because I just overdo it all. I schedule too many things, I never sit down, I can barely sleep and eventually I snap. I also go on spending sprees but thank goodness I'm a thrift store junkie! All of the progress I made during the manic episode is basically unmade once I crash, because then I can't really bring myself to do anything.

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It used to make me feel great...I thought I was some sort of badass that could accomplish anything and I was top dog on campus. Ironically, during this stint I was on top of my game.. Scored a 22 ACT, A's and B's my final two years of H.S. and into first year of college, I hardly tried and good things happened, ect. But since then I haven't felt anything close to "good mania". And no Joy, mania is nothing like anxiety or a cranked up panic attacks in my opinion. So many things go into it and as read above it can be many different things. Now it's more like being extremely scared, irritable, anxious, can't sleep and with seemingly no end in sight kind of thing. I've said things to people during these stints I wish I could take back and acted in ways that are entirely wrong. Thankfully, with the meds I seem to have put an end to this manic/hypomanic stuff for the time being.

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for me my first self aware manic episode was like a serious panic like none i have ever experienced. But I can't comment on the others that my husband and Psych say I've had because I have no memory of them.

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My mania is always great in the beginning. But, after a short time I have over extended myself and start to fear that I will not be able to complete all the projects I started. Unfortunately for me I've never been much of a shopper and I lived in a big gaming town in Nevada...that ment I would go gambling. I would gamble way too much. Then the mania would disappear and the severe depression would hit me. Broke and depressed is not a good combination. When I was diagnosed as bipolar and finally on the correct medications things leveled out for me. I still get manic but now I know what is happening and I can manage it better. I live in California now and the casinos are not as easy to get to where I live and I am greatful for that.

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