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  • Christine

A Lengthy Bipolar Mixed Episode

Depression and mania, two states that are present when living with bipolar can be exhausting and confusing.
The journey through bipolar tends to include many highs and lows.

I am experiencing a ten-month-long mood episode. This mixed episode means that I fluctuate from hypomania to depression, cycling back and forth every couple of weeks, sometimes it all occurs in one day. Very recently I was in a crisis, depressed, and extremely low. Finally one morning I reached out to my sister, whom I am very close with, and asked her to come over and keep me company. Within the several hours between when I contacted her and when she arrived, I very abruptly went from a state of depression to hypomania. This sudden extreme change in mood is very exhausting and confusing. I went from copious tears and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness to feeling high on life. Hypomania brings extraordinary energy and an "up" mood.

My doctor had me start taking a different mood stabilizer two days ago. It makes me sleepy. I just hope this current combination of medicine will make a difference and stop these cycles. What a comfort it would be if I could accumulate some time of stability.

Take good care,


The first step toward detachment is understanding that reacting and controlling don't help. The next step is getting peaceful - getting centered and restoring balance. -- Melody Beattie


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