16-09-2014 05:09 PM
I was diagnosed bipolar1 5 years ago (though probably had it for many years before that untreated) and am really commited to being more stable these days. I also have CPTSD with depression and anxiety being chronic problems. I use meds, CBT and mindfulness techniques as well as trying to keep my diet healthy and have a good sleep routine ..............BUT........ I have not been able to get to the point where I can prevent the onset of hypomania and it doesn't take long for that to escalate into mania or worse (psychosis in the past) and I can stay hyperactive and sleep deprived for many weeks before it passes. It is beginning again at the moment (over the last few days) and I have a wait before I can see my psychiatrist and have my meds adjusted. I'd really appreciate some support and any advice people may have.
16-09-2014 05:21 PM
16-09-2014 05:32 PM
Thanks Kato. I don't have anyone here to talk to about it and realised over the last few days that all my support people (all a very long way away) can only do so much. None of them has experienced bipolar or CPTSD and none of them has lived on the meds I do.
16-09-2014 05:50 PM
Just wanted to say that I know how it feels.
The hardest part is trying to keep positive and to keep the imaginative lid on it till it can hopefully subside.
Have you also tried relaxation techniques like breath?
I think that is whay it is called deep breathing with the focus on positive reinforcement on inhale
Exhale is negative thoughts and concerns
I find 10mins is good for me it might helpful
16-09-2014 05:53 PM
I have similar problems, eth, and I really relate to what your saying. For me sleep is key, I can recognise when I've had a bad day or a few bad days and I'm falling into a pattern of poor sleep and I use prescribed sleeping (bad word) to get me get my sleep back in order. Recently I banished all screens and lights and pets from the bedroom to help minimise distractions in the night.
That mostly works. When it doesn't my moods can get very out of control to the point where I feel I'm losing my sense of reality.
At this point I practice being ordinary :
I try to keep my words and actions ordinary even when my thoughts and feelings are not. Needless to say this is not easy.
I also recommend reaching out for help: Call your psych or counsellor for a crisis appointment, take leave, go to a support group, put off stressful activities, call life line, be proactive in managing stress and anxiety. I consider it an investment in my mental health.
My counsellor says : you do whatever it takes to stay sane.
16-09-2014 06:14 PM
Kato I do use breathing exercises with mindfulness practice but it's harder to do it when I get too agitated and hyper.
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