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Do you know what a Manic Episode is?


What is a Manic Episode? Do you know? Can you spot one? Do you know the  symptoms?


Manic Episodes are horrible experiences that people with Bipolar Disorder must live with. It’s the other side of depression that very few people get to see, so sometimes, trying to spot a manic episode is pretty easy and clear what to look for. Whenever I have a manic episode I feel as if I am riding a roller coaster with emotions and millions of thoughts all getting jumbled up in my head. Now I must say, I have come a very far way, and my manic episodes have been been getting further and further apart. 

But first I must tell you about the bad manic episodes that I had so that you can learn about them more, and recognize that it is preventable. I wish my family read up about my own condition more, because to this day, after being diagnosed for close to a decade now, they still don’t see when they are triggering my emotions and I’m showing tell tale signs that I’m about to break out into a manic episode. 

This is where things can get scary. Bipolar is a disorder where your faults are contained with curse words, put-downs, threats and maybe even physical violence. First there is screaming, for no reason. Your brain and head hurt from all the thoughts you have racing inside. Others will get rage and throw things, all because it feels good to do wrong. How wrong is that? That is why I hate Bipolar Disorder. It makes sweet, innocent people into monsters, and no one wants to stick around to see the end. I remember one night, it was so bad that I screamed how badly I wanted to break something, throw something, anything to make something break. Well I did, not thinking, I took off my most-expensive watch and threw it as hard as I could against the wall. It obviously broke. But the rage inside me told me to throw anything. 


It is incredibly hard to stop someone once they are having a manic episode. Luckily, there are so many signs to catching the breakout, and all you have to do is ask, “Are you ok?” Their answer will say it all. Whether they say they’re alright or not, you can hear it on the person’s voice if something is wrong. Next, check to see if the person is speaking very fast, or incoherently. This is a direct sign that you must help the person to sit down and breathe before things escalate to a true episode. 


AWARENESS IS KEY!!! 

The statistics say 5.5 Million people age 18+, live with Bipolar Disorder. It only affects 2.6% of the population. And there are approximately 51% that go untreated every year. I cannot imagine for one minute being without my medication. I do not know where I would be, or who I would be. 

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Bipolar Disorder: Helping Someone During a Manic Episode

How to Help
“You may feel frustrated around a person with bipolar disorder who is having a manic episode. The high energy level can be tiring or even frightening. The person may also actually enjoy the mania and may not take medicines, which can prolong the episode. Also, the person may say and do unusual or hurtful things. You can help during a manic episode by doing the following:

Spend time with the person, depending on his or her level of energy and how well you can keep up. People who are manic often feel isolated from other people. Spending even short periods of time with them helps them feel less isolated. If the person has a lot of energy, walk together, which allows the person to keep on the move but share your company.

Answer questions honestly. But do not argue or debate with a person during a manic episode. Avoid intense conversation.

Don’t take any comments personally. During periods of high energy, a person often says and does things that he or she would not usually say or do, including focusing on negative aspects of others. If needed, stay away from the person and avoid arguments.

Avoid subjecting the person to a lot of activity and stimulation. It is best to keep surroundings as quiet as possible.

Allow the person to sleep whenever possible. During periods of high energy, sleeping is difficult and short naps may be taken throughout the day. Sometimes the person feels rested after only 2 to 3 hours of sleep.”

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Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes

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Managing a Manic Episode

The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take—or help a loved one take—to recognize and better manage manic episodes.manic

 

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Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes

Managing a Manic Episode

The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take—or help a loved one take—to recognize and better manage manic episodes.manic

 

manic 2learn_about_bipolar

 

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