So strugglingwithbipolar linked to an article about hypomania, which led me to this next article about handling hypomania without obliterating it with medication. First of all, I really don’t like that this guy calls people with the illness “bipolars.” It’s actually really dated to refer to anyone as their disorder, and the current shift to the recovery paradigm in mental health teaches us to respect ourselves way more than that. Regardless, the post is interesting. I was recently medicated for being in a hypomanic state, and I had only been that way for about a week. I told my doctor I felt “crazy” and that I couldn’t control my emotions, but I’m not sure I was truly on the track to mania. Was it better to be safe than sorry? Will I permanently be on a higher dose of medication without actually seeing if I could have de-escalated on my own? I guess I’d rather be here than in a hospital, but I have a great deal of clinical support in place – the hypomanic part of me really wants to see where it would have gone this time.
Which is why I blog. To see just how textbook I am. ;) I told you I miss the mania.
Okay, whew, distracted. Here is the article about hypomania. What do you think? Can “Four Secrets” teach us to reign in hypomania and use it to our advantage? Is it worth a try?
PS: I think reducing it to four steps is like calling us “bipolars.”