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by thejourney » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:36 pm

Hello, I am recently new to the forums and wanted to say hi but also ask some questions as to how people handle mania as I was recently diagnosed (22) in the last two months and previously had a major depressive episode (6 months) for the time starting last fall. I have almost all the features of mania and am wondering how people deal with some of these issues/benefits. I've been on medication for about two months for the mania but sometimes don't want to take some of the sedating meds as I love the energy and less sleep I need though I realize is one of the most important things. I've been noticing when I don't get much sleep, my mind becomes more creative and my mind becomes sharper at moments during this time, especially when I get less sleep?. I had been living at my parents house for the past couple months to make sure I kept a schedule with the meds but recently moved to an apartment with some roommates to get ready for fall term and am having trouble keeping these habits which are crucial for sleep and keeping the mania in check.
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by Spm24 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:54 pm

thejourney,

Welcome to the forum. You will find many caring and compassionate people here.

Mania feels nice. But it turns into a crash. So to me it is not worth the headache. Yes it is good to feel productive and not needing to sleep all the time. But as I said the crash will come. To me that is the kind of thing that I hate, to crash.

Try to remember that you need to be in control with your meds to keep your mania in check. Otherwise it might affect your performance in school..

Sorry if my answer makes no sense..
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by MochaAdmin » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:05 pm

Biggest part of dealing with the mania is taking your meds like you should......simple as that. Therapy helps too..... :)

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by Stuckles » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:18 am

Hi thejourney,

Like the others have said, yes mania can increase creativity but it tends to get out of hand, like a snowball effect till you eventually crash. Think of it like drinking too much coffee to cram all night for a final. Sure it helps you stay awake and get things 'done', or so you may think. Come the morning, the caffeine wears off and the fatigue catches up with interest. Now your falling asleep while trying to concentrate on writing the exam and everything you Thought you had learned the previous night is nowhere to be found or just doesn't make sense.

One of the most common reasons why I would sometimes Think of going off my med's is that one, I feel better and two, I miss the creativity but it's something that should be avoided. My PDoc once told me that every time I do go off my meds and suffer a crash, it becomes worse the next time and harder to get me back to stable again.
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