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How to Control Hypo-Mania with Bipolar Disorder

Updated on October 23, 2012

Hypo mania, the in between

Bipolar Disorder is a bundle of moods and thoughts and dreams all wrapped up in to one nutshell you just can't seem to crack. Episodes of Depression weight you down like a trapped bear. Unable to move or think because the pain in so unbearable you feel you have no choice but to lay down and die, just let it run it's course. This too Shall Pass..........

Mania is sometimes worse than Depression, even though you no longer feel worthless and expelled from society. You fell beautiful and everything you ever dreamed of is right beyond your fingertips. No more seeping for days at the time with no shower or changing clothes or getting out of the bed for more tea or to use the bathroom and smoke that cigarette simultaneously because you can't bear to even look at the outside of your bedroom. Dark, gloomy just where you want to be, because it is darker outside and there are demons you will have to fight. You lose all will to have human contact. It's a solemn place.

Then there comes the Hypo-Mania, the time between depression and full blown mania where your energy comes back and so does your self esteem. At this point you are functioning well. The house is clean, the laundry's is done. Getting your hair done is a must because you feel like you have just come out of a coma. Things feel so much better, colors are brighter, sounds are more intensified, you have creative thoughts flowing and life could be no better.

The period of Hypo Mania is very critical. While you are so ecstatic that you feel you are on control of your life again, there will be trouble up the road if you don't hold things down and stay grounded. During this time, speaking for myself I am doing all the things I didn't do while stuck up in my bedroom. Besides the housework, the phone calls, paying past due bills you weren't thinking about, all with a joyful perspective. Not thinking at all that this pandemonium could have been avoided if depression had not debilitated you for a while. While you are in this in between stage, there are things you should take charge of. You are feeling so great and you can handle little stresses so prepare yourself, turn your energy level and creativity into something meaningful. Inspire.

If you suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder, all mood characateristivs are different,depending on your life circumstances. Stress always makes things worse and during this time stress will not affect you but maybe effecting the ones around you. I can't say that this will help everyone but it has helped me.

Take Control

This is your time to take control. Make a schedule and stick to it... I know what you are thinking, I have started schedules for myself a million times but but one day it will stick, it will become an instinct. Give it a try. Don't Overload yourself. Take Control of you and your surroundings in a correct unbiased way. Remember, you have been depressed for a while now and you have probably put the people who loves you the most in very compromising positions. You can't start demanding, think of those around you and part of taking back your control.

As part of your schedule make sure you include an outdoor activity at least 5 days a week. It could be pruning your flowers, taking a short walk or run. Exercise is the one of the most important things you can implement into your life. Besides the obvious reasons that it is healthy, it also helps mental health. Sunlight also helps tremendously. Call your friend or take your partner on a bike ride. Take Control and take advantage of the situation and make it worth your while.

I know you don't want to hear about this one but know it is for the best. Money.

If you have a spouse or partner who handles all of the money or at least takes the responsibility for paying the bills, you are lucky. If you don't, let someone help you get on a budget. Hypos Mania as well as full blown Mania often results in spending lots of money. Credit cards the same. You might be willing to give up some of these privileges to keep things in control.

Vitamins and Herbs

Your body's metabolism has now risen and you will need to restore yourself with vitamins. A multi-Vitamin daily should be sufficient but there are lots of natural herbs that can help you as well. For that I will link you to one of my favorite hubs on the topic at the bottom of the text.

Medication

If you take medication for your Bipolar Disorder it may need to be adjusted at this time. You will need to discuss that with your doctor and it is very important. Your chemicals have changed and so does your medicine dosage.

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    • crazybeanrider profile image

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you for the useful and needed tips taking charge of an illness that can often takes over, very well written.

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      sherry scott 

      6 years ago

      I feel so good knowing that someone is traveling the same path that I am. Its just that I'm confused because I have low self-esteem and I'm a beautiful woman , its like im happy one minute and sad the next. I love fantasy sex but I'm very picky of what man to be with . I like to spend money but I know how to budget it. I get tired real quick and hyper the next min. I need help what can I do???????????

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      akeejaho 

      6 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

      Great Hub! Been there before, and still am! Seems like my life is full of unfinished projects. I think that collecting unfinished projects has become my favorite hobby!

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      well you are not alone, unfinished projects hanging all over the place, your desperation is definitely understandable, if you have been taking the same meds for depression for a while it may be time to change, i know you gotta loe that. Make it a point to get some sunshine, especially on the back of your neck, there are also some vitamins like b viatamins that will help boost your energy level, don't sit and take it, be proactive and do something about it, talk to your doc, there are things that can be done, don't settle, never ever settle.

      hugs,

      dori

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      Hendrika 

      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      At my age I am feeling a little desperate as if nothing is ever going to happen. The depression is more that the hypomania and I not feel as if I will ever be able to take charge. I sit with all the "stuff" I started but nothing is ever completed.

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      judyrael 

      7 years ago

      Hello Fortunerep, I hv a 14 yr old little brother who suffers from bipolar, he alternates between depression and mania, he is anxious and stressful about most everything, he was diagnosed about 3yrs ago, and right now his condition is better than then from taking a natural treatment of vitamins and healthy foods, but his situation is not stable, I guess being a teen doesn't help too but I'll like to correspond with you and all others suffering from bipolar, so as to share tips as to what helps and so on, your article shows that u might be able to help me understand him a bit more and help better, so pls help me! How can he deal with his stress and anxiety?

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Bingo!!!

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      Frank Sanello 

      8 years ago

      Dear Dori,

      Thank you for writing such a brave article that I hope will help others, especially those who don't even realize they are bipolar. I'm bipolar II, which per the DSM-IV means I alternate between depression and hypomania.

      Hypomania, as you know, is a benign condition with symptoms people pay 3 grand during a 3-day weekend seminar to achieve, such as uncritical self-confidence, need for less sleep, euphoria, increased facility with words, especially the ability to make puns, etc.

      I asked my psychopharmacologist why hypomania is even listed in the DSM-IV, which is an encyclopedia of mental disorders. He told me that hypomania can easily turn into mania, a condition I haven't experienced, but I've seen others during a full-blown manic episode, and it was NOT a pretty picture.

      Good luck! I hope your mood continues to remain stable.

      Frank Sanello

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      zionsphere 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      I commend you on your thorough description of bipolar disorder. I suffer from this too, and while I was reading I got chills because it was so correct in every way. Thank you for helping to spread awareness and help. Bipolar Disorder can literally be a nightmare....but you are right...if we keep taking control when we are capable, some day it will stick. Seriously...good Hub....I STILL have goosebumps.

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      dracaslair 

      8 years ago

      i got all my advice through therapy.

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      aad 

      8 years ago

      This has been one of the most enlighting articles I have read about this disorder. Thank you so much!! I just need to find a support group as a mother of someone who has a son with this issue.He is 23 and we have definitely had our ups and downs. Could someone offer a link that one could get some support. Thank you so much!! From someone affected by this disease!!! P.S. I have had the privildge of knowing this person not only as my child but, a really beautiful perosn on the inside.

      One that could make a difference in this world. Such a caring person. I just need to know how to help him better and be a more knowlegabe person when dealing with the doctors.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      ms Chievous, glad it helped you understand, it's hard too but but you get the hangof it.

      Tracey thanks and I hope it helps, I can write about it all day but actually doing to takes a lot of willpower and strenght. It's there we just have to find it.

      hugs

      dori

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      Tracey Dockree 

      9 years ago

      Hi. As I read your opening paragraphs I felt I was reading my life! Very well described. What you wrote about This Too Will Pass is so important because it does. It's incredibly painful at the time - but just knowing it will pass helps it pass more quickly somehow. The whole money thing too - it's still a shock when the mania passes and I've spent way more than I should have done! I'm very budget conscious normally and I can't help thinking the mania is a way of rebelling against being sensible. Being outdoors is healing - but not where you want to be when you're depressed. Your point about forming good habits during the hypo stage is particularly helpful. And about not overdoing it - I used to go all out at this point and quickly end up depressed. Realise I need to harness the hypo stage more carefully. Good hub. Thanks!

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      Tina 

      9 years ago from Wv

      hm This hub maybe helped me understand a little more about this disorder and teach me to be a little more compassionate in my work. Good advice about the money!

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Brenda, HI, thanks for the compliment. I am just writing something I can re-read when i am not feeling "grounded" I do hope it will help someone else. Life is hard enough, when you add blazing chemicals with little minds of their own it makes for tough times when you try to stay in control.

      hugs

      dori

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Shamelaboush,

      It may be popular but I am willing to give it away at anytime!!! There are a lot of those are are not medicated so maybe they will help them. I have learned in my 18 year s with BP to deal with things the way I know how to. I no longer take a lot of meds, you have to take control on your own, if you want it you can have mine!!! I will share,

      dori

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      shamelabboush 

      9 years ago

      The way you talked about this Bi-Polar Disorder made it look appealing! It's a nice hub to discuss the details of a popular, I guess, disorder bcz I think almost everbody reached this stage or even heard of it. Nicely written hub really. Thanks dear.

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      \Brenda Scully 

      9 years ago

      A great insight, and some of the symptoms I can relate to though not all..... Brave to even try to do what you have done here 3 cheers....

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Story Teller and Advisor, I turn mine into writing, anything. Thanks for your nice comments and bless you and your family!! lol

      dori

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      advisor4qb 

      9 years ago from On New Footing

      Wow. You have provided me with insight into the mind of a family member. Or two. Thanks.

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      Barbara 

      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Congratulations on taking charge. I know this is a challenging ailment and one that can really mess up your life if you don't take control and recognize what it is you are experiencing. I applaud you in this effort.

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