Please help me understand bipolar mania.
November 20, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
Can you help me to better understand bipolar mania/hypomania and the thought-processes of the manic mind?
posted by MuChao to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I recently posted an Ask regarding my mother and her most recent manic episode. In hindsight, it was ill-advised to have posted as soon after the events as I did, and as a result the post reads very scatter-brained, and I realize I didn't ask the right questions. I will attempt to not repeat too much of that previous question here.
My mother's mania almost-exactly replicates Narcissistic Personality Disorder as well as an increased sex drive and all the wonderfulness that comes with it. As a result of this (and her natural victim-mentality, I'm sure), my sisters and I were often exposed to a revolving-door of abusive, controlling and just plain Bad Men, most of whom were addicts and therefore enabling my mother's addictions.
As I mostly struggle with bipolar-depression and cannot remember a truly manic period (brief hypomania, but no full-blown) as an adult, I'm so far removed that I can't answer these questions myself, in spite of my symptoms being very similar to my mother's. I really want to *understand* the manic state and the thought processes which come with it.
Does the manic mind rationalize? I'm not asking if the rationalization is sound, only if there is one. Or does the manic mind not take the time to do so and in reality is acting without thinking at all?
Is such narcissism typical of mania? I find this in the example of my mother "prioritizing" her sex life over her children, and accusing her children of "ruining her life" any time a man leaves her.
What, if anything, can be said to the person to "break through" the manic mind?
Does the manic mind resent the people who try to help them and/or stand in the way of dangerous/damaging manic behavior? Does this resentment typically continue after the person re-stabilizes?
Is there any other insight you can offer me to help me understand what's going on in my mother's head?