Manic episode in Major Depression?
March 10, 2013 3:38 AM Subscribe
I have major depression, and am wondering if anyone can explain to me what a manic episode feels like (for someone who might be bipolar but is being treated for depression). I know that no one here can give me any definitive advice (YANMPsych.) but I'm just wondering if I should be curious or if anyone has any experience with this.
posted by bengalibelle to health & fitness (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was diagnosed with major recurrent depression in 2008 and have been taking medication for the past five years. I have not been good on keeping up with the therapy aspect as I have been trying to manage my moods on my own with some CBT techniques. I know I should address this, but before I do I just was curious if anyone knows about the delineation between major and bipolar depression or has experience with someone who might have had depression and then later realized they might be bipolar.
I ask because I recently have noticed (over the past month or so) that my mood has altered to the point where I feel hypersocial, and needing to be in constant communication, extremely talkative and hyperactive at socializing or on the internet (on gchat, usually) but have not been able to focus on more productive behavior on a day to day basis. However this mood pattern/lapse is not in alignment with what a typical "weird mood" episode would be for me, which would be just lying in bed all day (a depressive episode). However, I still feel imbalanced but feel the need to constantly be active, socially, or on the internet, or going out. I have also noticed an extremely increased libido and desire to look at porn, or engage in erotic fantasy or reading, etc. (and thus more spent in these activities rather than schoolwork, for example) and some riskier sexual behavior that is really new for me and that I am not sure I am actually comfortable with. I know I should speak with a professional, and I will, but I am just feeling a little confused and I am just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of what a manic episode "feels like" or how it might manifest itself, and if this is something I should actually be curious about, if people ever suddenly "switch" from having unipolar to bipolar depression??