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I was hoping some of you would be willing to share your experiences with mixed episodes. I'm newly diagnosed as bipolar and I'm trying to learn all that can to avoid a repeat of the episode I suffered last fall. The doctors called it mania, but there was nothing high about it. It was pure Hell and I suspect I may have been in a mixed state. I experienced psychosis as well complete with hallucinations, extreme delusions and rage. I'd be grateful to hear your stories if anyone is up for it.
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My Hypo mania is great the sun is shining puppy kittens and I love the world. With in 2-5 days I go Mania and it’s a ugly full of rage , anger and self loathing , feel worthless.

Mixed for me is both Mania and soul sucking depression at once , to me it’s pure hell on earth.

How to prevent ??? , practice self care have a huge tool box of coping skills and know how to use them. Take medications as prescribed. Practice sleep hygiene, eat healthy , exercise , get outside daily, add yoga and Mindfulness to help find your balance.

Just know that sometimes no matter how hard you try .... Bipolar will in fact reach up and slap you at some point in the future

Are you in Therapy ? If not I suggest it it can be very helpful staying stable.
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www.psycheducation.org is a really great place to learn about bipolar. It's written by a pdoc who specializes in bipolar and has tons of information about all aspects of the disease.
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Thanks Christina! I appreciate your words. Yes, I'm in therapy and on meds. I'm sleeping regularly and made several lifestyle changes to eliminate as many triggers as possible.

Your description fits what I experienced. I was 'great' before it hit and then pure Hell. I'm reading all I can and leaning hard on my new toolkit. Being here with those who understand helps as well.
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Thanks Christina! I appreciate your words. Yes, I'm in therapy and on meds. I'm sleeping regularly and made several lifestyle changes to eliminate as many triggers as possible.



Your description fits what I experienced. I was 'great' before it hit and then pure Hell. I'm reading all I can and leaning hard on my new toolkit. Being here with those who understand helps as well.


Your doing all you can !!! Good for you
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www.psycheducation.org is a really great place to learn about bipolar. It's written by a pdoc who specializes in bipolar and has tons of information about all aspects of the disease.
Thank you. I just finished the two books I was reading and wanted some new resources. I'll definitely check this out.
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Your doing all you can !!! Good for you
I've felt so much guilt and shame for what I put my family through. I sometimes feel like everything I'm doing could never be enough, but I'm trying to ease up on myself. I just didn't see it coming. My hope is that I will be able to see the changes before they get so extreme the next time.
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I had shame , hell last time I went IP which is 110 miles away , my husband on the way home hit a deer, didn’t know about that til I got out. Had it not been for me being a mess blah blah blah

Our loved ones just want us safe and working on not feeling guilty. Does it upset daily routines when we are unwell ? sure it does .. but things smooth out and the self loathing should be let go by “ you”
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That's good advice. My loved ones have been nothing but supportive. It is me standing in my own way. I just feel like I can't trust myself and that's scary. This is my new normal though and I'm accepting myself more each day. It has been four months since my break, but I'm guessing this just takes time.
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That's good advice. My loved ones have been nothing but supportive. It is me standing in my own way. I just feel like I can't trust myself and that's scary. This is my new normal though and I'm accepting myself more each day. It has been four months since my break, but I'm guessing this just takes time.


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