Bipolar Mania

Articles and blog posts relating to mania as a symptom of bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Do I Really Have Bipolar?

Julie A. Fast
March 28, 2019

What if someone is telling you that you have bipolar, but you don’t think that the diagnosis is correct? A reader asked a really good question on my blog post “Dealing with Bipolar Disorder Denial.” She wanted to know what to do if someone in your life—a friend, loved one, coworker—tells you that they believe...

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Acute Unfinished Projects Syndrome: Incomplete Tasks Can Be a Sign of an Impending Bipolar Episode

Lynda Williams
March 24, 2019

When you’re having trouble finishing tasks or meeting deadlines, it’s not your to-do list you need to check, it’s your bipolar stability. Sometimes I find writing difficult in the most basic sense: the act of stringing words together to form a sentence can become impossible for me. My mind is so scattered that by the...

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What I Learned from Relapse

Katherine Ponte
January 11, 2019

The lessons I’ve learned from past manic episodes can help prevent future relapses.   I’ve been living with severe bipolar I disorder for over fifteen years. I’ve had five full-blown manic episodes. That’s four relapses. After my first manic episode, I didn’t think I’d have another. It was horrible—the episode, the shock, and the aftermath....

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Finding Your Financial Balance After The Holidays

Julie A. Fast
January 4, 2019

Are you in shock over holiday spending? Use these strategies to take control of your finances now and over the long term.   Do you ever look back over the past year and wish you had made better financial decisions? I do. When it comes to holiday spending, you’re not alone if you’re wondering, What...

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The Truth About the Link Between Bipolar Mania and Creativity

Donna Jackel
January 4, 2019

Recent research is yielding insights into the links between bipolar disorder and creativity—and not just artistic accomplishment, but also innovative thinking and entrepreneurship.   Author Virginia Woolf saw her artistry and her mood extremes as being inextricably linked. In a letter to a friend in 1930, she wrote of her “madness” that “in its lava,...

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What Does Bipolar Mania Sound Like?

Julie A. Fast
December 6, 2018

It can be important to pay attention to how bipolar mania can impact not only your actions, but also your speech.   I often talk about looking for signs of mania in our eyes in order to recognize and end mania. Observing what we say when manic is just as essential. Here is an example...

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4 Greatest Hacks for Avoiding Hypomania & Overspending Around the Holidays

Lisa Acuña
December 4, 2018

Sticking to a budget and opting to spend cash only are simple ways you can control your spending while handling hypomania.     Hi everybody, my name is Lisa Acuña and I’m here today with bphope.com vlogs. Today, I’m going to be talking about hypomania and spending during the holiday season. My first suggestion is...

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Why Should You Manage Euphoric Mania if It Feels Good?

Julie A. Fast
November 29, 2018

While mania may feel wonderful after enduring depression, it’s important to remember that it is still a crucial part of bipolar to manage.   “Well, even in that deep misery I felt my energy revive, and I said to myself: in spite of everything I shall rise again, I will take up my pencil, which...

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What I’ve Learned from Being ‘Tricked’ by Bipolar Mania

Julie A. Fast
November 19, 2018

It’s important to recognize the signs of mania—even if it feels good—and to remember the mania cycle can fuel the depressive cycle. ‘   Hi, This is Julie Fast with bp Magazine. Today I’m talking about bipolar disorder and being “tricked” by mania. It’s a pretty timely topic as it just happened to me. About...

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Presence of Mania Doesn’t Predict Response to Bipolar Depression

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

A new study shows that a manic episode before bipolar depression does not impact the degree of change in depressive symptoms.   August 15, 2018, BERKELEY, CA—The presence of a manic episode before depression in people with bipolar disorder doesn’t significantly predict response to antidepressants, a new study suggests. American researchers, noting a previous study suggested...

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What to Do After a Manic or Hypomanic Episode: The Essential First Steps

Natasha Tracy
October 17, 2018

Manic or hypomanic episodes can be brutal for those with bipolar disorder, but learning what to do immediately after can help minimize the damage   Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy and this is BP Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today I want to talk about what happens after an episode of mania or hypomania. If you’re like me...

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Bipolar and Restless: What Is PRE-Mania?

Julie A. Fast
October 11, 2018

Learning the subtle signs that mania is on the way, such as taking on too much, can help you manage this symptom before it starts taking over.   Learning the very first signs of a bipolar mania mood swing is the only way I have found to stop big manic episodes. If I don’t catch...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: When Hypomania Stops Being Pleasurable

bp Magazine
October 11, 2018

October 25, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 43 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines When Hypomania Stops Being Pleasurable What’s not to like about having more energy, confidence, and creativity? Hypomania has quite the allure, no doubt. In fact, research out of Iran and Switzerland published in 2017 showed that higher hypomania scores...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Mastering Your Hypomania ‘Dragon’

Lynda Williams
October 2, 2018

You can learn ways to “train” your hypomania dragon to avoid impulsive decisions that can have lasting impacts on your life.   Last month I discussed how bipolar depression affects my decision-making, specifically in terms of work. Now I’d like to address the impact of hypomania on my decisions and how these affect my relationships....

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Jumping for Joy, Free from Fear: How Frogs Can Help Us Distinguish Mania from Joy

Melody Moezzi
July 24, 2018

That scary line between healthy feelings of euphoria and terrifying symptoms of acute mania isn’t nearly as narrow as I once thought. By Melody Moezzi   I love frogs. Have ever since I was a kid. Their beauty, diversity, and versatility fascinate me. And while I’m no herpetologist, I know more about frogs than the...

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Casting the Glamour: The Enchantment of Euphoric Mania

Martin Baker
July 24, 2018

Euphoric mania can be exciting for those under its spell, but it can also be perilous if you don’t learn to navigate it safely. By Martin Baker   “Casting the glamour” is an old Scots term for a magic spell or enchantment. It is the perfect metaphor for the wild, captivating, almost otherworldly impact of...

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3 Simple Ways to Put Calm into Your Mania

bp Magazine
July 19, 2018

Redirect your energy toward these three everyday activities—and feel the difference. #1. Take deep breaths Stopping what you are doing and taking deep breaths can help you stay in control. A simple technique to try: close your eyes, sit up straight, and count to five as you take a deep breath in. Count to five...

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7 Strategies to Outsmart the Sun: Staying Clear of Summer Mania

Brittney Sibley
June 22, 2018

While you can’t change the seasonal shift to longer days, you can make subtle lifestyle changes, such as regulating sleep, to sidestep summer mania.   By Brittany Sibley   The days are longer and the sun is shining the brightest in a while. For a person diagnosed with Bipolar I in 2006, the mere transition...

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missing hypomania and accepting stability

Missing Hypomania and Accepting Sacrifices for Stability

Lynda Williams
June 1, 2018

It may not be easy, but letting go of hypomania’s false promises and accepting the challenge of committing to treatment can help you manage your bipolar disorder.   Sometimes I miss hypomania. If all my hypomanic episodes didn’t culminate in crushing depression, I’m pretty sure I would still be prancing around untreated, oblivious, and fundamentally...

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Bipolar Psychosis: Combatting Stigma and Common Misconceptions

Andrea Paquette
May 8, 2018

It’s important to have open and honest conversations about bipolar disorder psychosis to take on the stigma of a very misunderstood symptom.   By Andrea Paquette   Psychosis consists of seeing, hearing and believing things that are not real. This is the simplest way to define how someone in psychosis experiences the world, which can...

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