Thursday, October 7, 2004

Feeling A Lot Better

About a week ago I mentioned I was going through major mood swings - with a lot of highs.  I just wanted to say that I am doing a lot better now.  I think one of the reasons is because I have gotten on a more regular schedule.  Part of the problem before was I was not able to sleep on a regular schedule, which was adding to my hypomania (just below mania), and the less I slept the worse things got.  With bipolar if you don't sleep enough you get manic.  And then you don't sleep some more and you get more manic, and then you don't sleep some more and you get even more manic.  It keeps feeding itself.

My therapist and I very carefully worked out a time to go to bed and to get up (ughh, I hate to go to bed too early - nights are my most productive times, and when I feel the best!).  I didn't stick to it perfectly this week, but I did pretty well.  We also wrote up a daytime routine, which was helpful for when I occassionally became depressed this week, and even became over ambitious with mania and wanted to do too much.  

So my moods are much more even this week.  I can sleep!  This has allowed me to concentrate and to focus when I need to.  My emotions have not been all over the place.  I have not been angry and grouchy and depressed and weepy.  I have not been so up that I stay up all night and then not been able to concentrate the next day!  Gee, being bipolar is a hard thing sometimes.  I am sure glad I am feeling better now.  This has been a rough few weeks. 

12 comments:

  1. kissofvanity10/07/2004 8:52 PM

    Glad you're feeling better!!

    Ana  ((0.~))

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  2. Glad to hear you are doing better and getting more sleep

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  3. readmereadyou10/07/2004 10:56 PM

    I'm so happy you're feeling a bit better. That's always good news.
    Angela

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  4. Great that you are feeling better Krissy. Made my day xxxxx

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  5. Glad things have improved

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  6. sarajanesmiles10/08/2004 6:05 AM

    Am so glad that you're feeling a little better Krissy, and that your moods are more even this week.  That must be so hard to cope with.  Good luck with the sleeping schedule, am wishing you lots of peaceful nights!!
    Sara   x

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  7. jules1964200110/08/2004 7:05 AM

    I am so happy your feeling better Krissy. I hope your condition keeps stable for you. I am here if you ever need a chat, just email me :)...........Jules xx
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/jules19642001/Itsmylife/

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  8. Glad you are feeling better!

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  9. sonensmilinmon10/08/2004 11:34 PM

    I'm so glad to hear you are improving and getting better.  I will keep you in my continued thoughts and prayers for continued improvement.

    Monica

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  10. Phew, Krissy, when you go through a rough episode doesn't it almost feel like you have been through a war?  or like you deserve a medal or something?  So glad your sleep is better!  I try and try the sleep scheduling with my therapist.  Never totally get it down, but when my weeks are really wacky (5 or 6am bedtimes) atleast she keeps me somewhat sane.  Thank goodness you are feeling better! ((((())))) Love, Valyxox
    http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ValsThoughts

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  11. I'm glad to read you are doing better.  Sounds like you are being very careful and taking care of yourself.  Good for you!  I hope the next few weeks are much smoother for you.  Take care {{{hugs}}}
    ~JerseyGirl
    http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl

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  12. I share my house and 10 acres with 2 bipolar guys. My hubby and my sis's hubby are both bipolar. They live out nearer the road in my daughter's cabin and we are in an underground house back in the woods. Makes life interesting when they are being manic together ;-o

    Yes.....sleep is very important! Glad you are feeling better.

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