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Do you ever get mixed states?

Ender

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Do you ever get mixed states, like when you experience both depressive and manic symptoms at the same time?

I get this way often. I'll be restless and hyperactive, with a very short attention span, but in the same day I'll have really low moods and feel hopeless. It's frustrating because I feel both manic and depressed at the same time, and I don't know how to cope with it.

What do you find helpful in these moods?
 
Lilbubble

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I get this quite often and find it exhausting.

Have the need to find something to do to occupy me but can't focus on anything so go round in circles and pretty much achieve nothing which frustrates me further ...... round we go again !
 
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I haven't had one in a long time but yes, this is where my illness does it's worst. I can't sleep. I develop thought voices telling me to suicide. I am scared to death of them. Thanks to modern medicine I don't have to worry about those anymore. I couldn't take it if it were an ongoing or regular occurrence.
 
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I get that way a lot too :( It's probably part of the reason I didn't think I had bipolar for a long time--I didn't know mixed episodes were a thing and I didn't have many episodes of just hypomania when I was younger.

I'm not sure if this is the best advice, but when I have higher energy I'll try to get as much done as possible before I fall into depression again a few hours later. But with the depressive states I try my best to be patient and self-soothe. It's a rollercoaster
 
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