• Share. Be Supported. Recover.

    We are a friendly, safe community supporting each other's mental health. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Mixed episodes

  • Thread starter butterflykisses
  • Start date
B

butterflykisses

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Messages
187
Location
Oregon
Can some primarily be depressed but then show signs of mania every once in awhile? I have the habit of trying to force mania to happen because I hate depression. I can manage to do that but it’s only very briefly and happens at the same time as I’m still depressed. But they are just manic symptoms that come and go... it has for the last week and a have or so. Would this be considered a mixed episode?
 
frisas45

frisas45

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 22, 2019
Messages
1,663
Location
South Korea
I think so. Manic episodes happening numerously from time to time, even briefly is called a mixed episode.
 
B

Blue Opal

Former member
Yes, it's probably a mixed episode. You could have what is called atypical bipolar disorder (google it) where you don't get really manic but you get (hypo) manic symptoms while depressed. I get them too. For me it's only insomnia, restlessness and irritability. It feels more like a different kind of depression than like mania; not good at all.
I think it's what's left of what would be mania for me if I wasn't medicated.
 
B

butterflykisses

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Messages
187
Location
Oregon
Yes, it's probably a mixed episode. You could have what is called atypical bipolar disorder (google it) where you don't get really manic but you get (hypo) manic symptoms while depressed. I get them too. For me it's only insomnia, restlessness and irritability. It feels more like a different kind of depression than like mania; not good at all.
I think it's what's left of what would be mania for me if I wasn't medicated.
Ya it’s only ever been hypomania. I have had full hypomanic episodes many times. But this just feels very mixed and confusing and isn’t stable at all. Plus, I think it’s also from my purposeful actions to try and cause it, but my body doesn’t want to be in hypomania right now. So it doesn’t get into a full blown episode, and I’m still depressed. It’s annoying.
 
B

Blue Opal

Former member
I know, it feels horrible. The depression makes you exhausted but at the same time there's this negative energy inside your body that prevents you from sleeping.
Are you on any medication?
If you don't mind me asking, I'm very curious how you try to force a manic episode. Not sleep?
 
B

butterflykisses

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Messages
187
Location
Oregon
I know, it feels horrible. The depression makes you exhausted but at the same time there's this negative energy inside your body that prevents you from sleeping.
Are you on any medication?
If you don't mind me asking, I'm very curious how you try to force a manic episode. Not sleep?
I have been starting on Seroquel and Lamictal. But skipped several days of taking it. The medication makes me more tired so if I don’t take it, I’m able to not sleep as much. Yes, with the forced mania; I sleep deprive myself, use caffeine, overuse my mood light (recommended is to use up to an hour a day, but I use way more than that). And I have random supplements that are meant for “cognitive enhancement” but I don’t actually know how well they work.
 
missylibby

missylibby

Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2021
Messages
6
Location
New Hampshire
I was just in the hospital and the doc and I decided I was in a mixed episode. For me tho it's like i'm depressed as can be during the day, then at night time my mania comes out.
 
B

butterflykisses

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Messages
187
Location
Oregon
I was just in the hospital and the doc and I decided I was in a mixed episode. For me tho it's like i'm depressed as can be during the day, then at night time my mania comes out.
Interesting. I’ve had similar experiences with a schedule kind of that as well. People say that mixed episodes are when mania and depression happen at the same EXACT time and that can be true but I think it also can manifest by happening within the same PERIOD of time like you described. Being depressed then getting manic all within the same episode. I’ve wondered a lot about that. Thanks for your reply!
 
B

Blue Opal

Former member
I've read that there are three components to bipolar disorder: mood, energy and intellect. All three can have wave-like patterns. So your mood can be down (depression) while your energy and intellect are up (mania). There are, of course, more variations to this, but that's what causes the mixed episodes.
 
C

Chicago Jim

Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2021
Messages
6
Location
Chicago Jim
I’m in a mixed episode now and it’s not a fun ride. Heavy meds to bring on sleep and fight the depression. I’m experiencing panic attacks, frustration and manic energy. I wish you all well as I know how horrible this experience is.
 
B

butterflykisses

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Messages
187
Location
Oregon
I've read that there are three components to bipolar disorder: mood, energy and intellect. All three can have wave-like patterns. So your mood can be down (depression) while your energy and intellect are up (mania). There are, of course, more variations to this, but that's what causes the mixed episodes.
This is an interesting concept. Do you have any resources or articles or books that talk about this? I wouldn’t mind reading more into it.
 

Similar threads

E
Replies
5
Views
197
Amazingly
Amazingly
B
Replies
6
Views
343
luvyrself
L
Falling_Fixation
Replies
7
Views
275
Falling_Fixation
Falling_Fixation
B
Replies
12
Views
515
Blackrose09
B
Top