How long are your manic periods lasting?

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So I was with my psychiatrist on Monday and came out feeling exhausted.
On Wednesday I wake to an explosive manic episode.
Must have slept about 4hrs across 4 days....my eyes were so painful and swollen....but as usual I felt amazing.
Rode the wave hard and enjoyed it as I usually do....makeup and hair were amazing.
Have woken today to a hard brickwall of nothingness.
Here I am as low as can be.....so am interested to know....how long do your manias last and do you always feel them coming??
 
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Another question - How soon after the mania do you start to mourn it?
Its not instant for me...I have the disruption etc and then I start to mourn.
 
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How long do your manic episodes last?
Can you feel yourself escalating?
 
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Once I start getting really vivid music to play in my head then I know it is coming.
Amazing how it comes on isn't it. If Im feeling 'risky' any fast music can be enough to start the spiraling. Before I know it Im working out for hrs....my poor back doesn't know whats hit it!
 
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So I was with my psychiatrist on Monday and came out feeling exhausted.
On Wednesday I wake to an explosive manic episode.
Must have slept about 4hrs across 4 days....my eyes were so painful and swollen....but as usual I felt amazing.
Rode the wave hard and enjoyed it as I usually do....makeup and hair were amazing.
Have woken today to a hard brickwall of nothingness.
Here I am as low as can be.....so am interested to know....how long do your manias last and do you always feel them coming??
Since I have bipolar 1 my manic episodes usually lasted about 4 months. Then a year or more of debilitating depression followed. Before my last manic episode, I had an uncomfortable feeling of foreboding. Something was coming I just didn’t know what. Initially it was terrifying then after that it was party time. 🤷🏻‍♀️
 
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Just had two manic episodes almost back to back....two days respite inbetween.
That is a first for me and it seems the shorter the episode the more intense it is.

Exhausting and the second one I was fearful the entire time....hadn't managed to recuperate after the first one and my mind and body were knackered.
 
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My manic or hypomanic episodes usually last weeks (2-4) or months (1-3). I also suffer from mixed episodes when I have short hypomanic stages or symptoms in the middle of depression, could be just a few hours or few days.

I recognize some warning signs but I usually take them seriously when it's already too late. My warning signs are usually irritation, racing thoughts and trouble sleeping. But I do recognize mania, most of the times, so I seek for medical attention and get help stopping it. Usually my depression turns into mania over night so I get help very fast if I am hospitalized.

For me, mania is not all fun and games. It's a consuming state. I feel super and like I am going crazy but I've got no means or urge to stop myself. It's like I am watching myself, out of my body, doing crazy stuff and the sensitive me shouting to stop but the manic me ignores. Does this make any sense?
 
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Yes it makes sense, like your a passenger?
I've just had two back to back manic episodes, which is a new one for me. The second episode I spent terrified and because I had nothing in the tank left to try and fight it well, it was so scary and in an exhausted state absolutely nerve wracking.
 
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Mine have gone
I'm mourning it
Only time I felt good n happy
Used to be 2 weeks
 
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I suddenly became manic yesterday and it lasted an hour or so. It happened for the first time in years and was caused by the escitalopram I am taking for OCD.
 
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Mine are too risky and scary to let loose the reins. I take medications that keep mood swings moderated. Sometimes when I do get a little manic, I let it be as it usually involves pursuing an interest I love but I quickly become exhausted and then have to take days to sleep it off. I have mixed episodes and amnesia if mine are let run...the worst, no thanks.
 

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