- Jun 9, 2020
I am a 32 year old male and I have a professional career making a good living. I joined this forum because between the Ages of 29-31 I had four or five episodes of mania with psychosis ( 3 requiring hospital stays) with delusions and hyper religiosity. I was diagnosed as bipolar 1 but I have never had a depressive episode in my life. I have never been depressed, but I have been anxious in times of great stress in college but I do not have anxiety at all. I don’t do any drugs or drink alcohol. The episodes all happened in the summer months and lasted weeks. During those times I was extremely euphoric and I would not sleep or be tired. I also would eat infrequently or not at all. The psychosis was coupled with delusions or grandiose thinking. Primarily being a prophet of God and such. Also I would see patterns in things that had no pattern such as a commercial coming on the tv answering a question that I was thinking at the time and that was just one time. Paranoia was for the most part absent except for the first manic episode where there was a bit for 2-3 days. The psychosis has happened all of a sudden before. It also has been a gradual escalation over a week. The manic episodes last for 1-4 weeks. The only thing that bothers me is that my diagnosis does not fit because of the lack of depression stages. I found out that there is something called unipolar manic which makes more sense. I also read that unipolar mania does not respond to lithium. The doctors attempted to use lithium but mine didn’t respond. Does anyone have similar experience to this? Mania without depression? I have not had an episode in a year and I feel Normal now, but sometime mania comes out of nowhere for me. The mania does feel awesome but it sure is a burden with my career and being hospitalized. Thanks in advance!