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Do you have a "manic uniform?"

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I've recently been diagnosed, and I found the whole process really stressful and feel kind of defensive to be honest, but I'm trying to look at it all objectively. One thing I do notice about myself that's been described as a bipolar trait is that the way I dress changes with my mood.

At certain times in my life, for example, I wear bright colors, suit jackets over paisley shirts, ties, vintage fashion. Largely I found the fabrics appealing but felt also that they signaled social availability, and when I have tons of energy I want to interact with other people. Sometimes I notice people with bipolar wearing costume jewelry, like mardi gras beads on ordinary occasions.

Does the way you dress change with your mood?
 
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Probably for me when I'm feeling really good like that hypomania I do tend to dress a bit brighter,flashier I also, the way I hold my head up must be the smile i tend to have people making eye contact and then they might start chatting away. Or I'll just start up a conversation with some random person who is engaging
For me I notice things that I dont normally,things look brighter they have more color,everything around me seems to catch my eye,
And of course I have bucketloads of energy
The world seems like a better place
 
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RE: Does the way you dress change with your mood?

yes, when i am 'high' [as opposed to being 'shutdown'] i am able to be aware of what 'feels good' to wear, i am able to 'pick & choose' from the clothes i already own what to put on / get dressed in, in that particular moment.

When i am in a 'shutdown' mode, i generally wear the same clothes daily, [with a change of underwear] until they are too dirty/ smelly to continue wearing.
 
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I agree that our mood can affect how we wear.

When I'm in high mood i tend to buy bright colour clothes. But now im in low mood, I feel like i wanna throw all of the clothes i brought during that time.. They are too catchy, and i dun want to wear them now..
 
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Yeh when my moods low,I'm not getting any pleasure out of making an effort. Pretty much wear my comfy old clothes that I go walking in. Live in them
 
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Yeh when my moods low,I'm not getting any pleasure out of making an effort. Pretty much wear my comfy old clothes that I go walking in. Live in them
Yaaaa.... when my moods low, I like to wear grey, black and white clothes... I still remember because I like shopping during that high period, my friends stopped me from spending too much. Now my friends encourage me to buy more clothes for myself and dont mean to myself...

I was like okay, it's a big difference for my friend.
 
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Likewise when my moods elevated absolutely love clothes shopping find it exciting get quite impulsive its like..."I like that,then I like that too.." Then one dress/garment or whatever ends up being 2or3. I can't decide on one thing so I just give in and get what I like well if I can afford it
Bit broke atm need a job

A couple of friends are like that question if I really need and have the money for it.
 
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ya... Im finding a job now... Too broke...

during that moment we just dont want to decide, we just "high" and do whatever things that makes us happy :dance:
 
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We do indeed
When my relationship fell apart
I found somewhere to live had some extra money in the bank awesome
Bought myself some lovely things for the house,treated myself to stuff my husband wouldn't let me have(even though he had the cash!!)
It was great,new curtains(the old ones were dirty,mouldey,yuck)
A couple nice pictures, then some plants for the garden, it was awesome, so now I know I should of some money away so I wouldn't touch it.
So now Im a bit broke and in need of a job.
Spending the money was so much fun it was great but I just get so impulsive,
But that's just me could I go back and change it,probably not
 
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When I'm depressed I just sit around in bed most of the day wearing whatever I slept in. Haven't moved at all today expect to go to the bathroom. Luckily I'm somewhat working from bed, but i'm getting distracted as well, as my posts here show.
 
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ya... Im finding a job now... Too broke...

during that moment we just dont want to decide, we just "high" and do whatever things that makes us happy :dance:
Yes, there is also a HUGE 'need' / desire that 'drives' me at these 'manic shopping' times.

I first experienced 'manic-shopping' after the birth of my son. [1987]

2 weeks after his birth, my mum & i went shopping at Mothercare, i got 'truck loads' of toys [that were on sale] & lots of goods, i had picked up so much i could barely carry it all to the till to be paid for.

I can remember my mum being totally embarrassed at the time, by my OTT behaviour, but despite that, she was very supportive & held 'space' for me during that shopping trip.

I like black coloured clothes, always have.

'Manic shopping' i often buy white or bright colours, feeling the benefit of what each colour might bring / help me with.

i 'miss' shopping, shopping for myself, others & on special occasions used to be 'my Life' ..... it was Wonderful, then my life 'flipped' into a level of constant struggle, no life & no ability to 'thrive'.
 
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Likewise when my moods elevated absolutely love clothes shopping find it exciting get quite impulsive its like..."I like that,then I like that too.." Then one dress/garment or whatever ends up being 2or3. I can't decide on one thing so I just give in and get what I like well if I can afford it
Bit broke atm need a job

A couple of friends are like that question if I really need and have the money for it.
 
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We do indeed
When my relationship fell apart
I found somewhere to live had some extra money in the bank awesome
Bought myself some lovely things for the house,treated myself to stuff my husband wouldn't let me have(even though he had the cash!!)
It was great,new curtains(the old ones were dirty,mouldey,yuck)
A couple nice pictures, then some plants for the garden, it was awesome, so now I know I should of some money away so I wouldn't touch it.
So now Im a bit broke and in need of a job.
Spending the money was so much fun it was great but I just get so impulsive,
But that's just me could I go back and change it,probably not
Ya I know... We like to buy a lot of things during that state.
What kind of job do you like?

My previous job was too stress, it triggered my mania state, I brought myself a ticket to the japan. Because Im from malaysia, all of us treat going to japan is a rich-man action, because of the low currency for money...

But I duno why, I just want to distress, I eagerly want to rest, and want to go somewhere else at that moment..

But now Im regret.......... Need job too
 
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Yes, there is also a HUGE 'need' / desire that 'drives' me at these 'manic shopping' times.

I first experienced 'manic-shopping' after the birth of my son. [1987]

2 weeks after his birth, my mum & i went shopping at Mothercare, i got 'truck loads' of toys [that were on sale] & lots of goods, i had picked up so much i could barely carry it all to the till to be paid for.

I can remember my mum being totally embarrassed at the time, by my OTT behaviour, but despite that, she was very supportive & held 'space' for me during that shopping trip.

I like black coloured clothes, always have.

'Manic shopping' i often buy white or bright colours, feeling the benefit of what each colour might bring / help me with.

i 'miss' shopping, shopping for myself, others & on special occasions used to be 'my Life' ..... it was Wonderful, then my life 'flipped' into a level of constant struggle, no life & no ability to 'thrive'.
yaaaa.... Shopping is great.......
Have you find you support system during this state? I am having this state too.. I have no mood for shopping..

I am glad to hear that your mom is very supportive.. But I haven told my mom I have this period, as I am an ASIAN. ASIAN culture are not supportive.. For my own opinion
 
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I had suffered from depression most of my life, Ive had bipolar but mostly depressive side of the illness. I was about 31 when once again ended up where my depression and anxiety was seriously affecting my life I was getting pretty low and not wanting to accept that my anxiety was spiralling out of control, struggling away then 6 months later my dad (who meant the world to me) died suddenly then I started not sleeping and that triggered my hypomanic state
I was also a registered nurse which I was somehow managing but really my whole world was falling apart
I was really really crook racing thoughts,no real sleep,shopping I was seemingly ok on the outside as long as my crazy busy,but thank god that's behind me now, however I did enjoy parts of it
And amongst all that work really wasn't helping so sadly I left nursing same I need to get a job bit broke at the mo
 
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