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    Which is worse: Mania or Depression?
    larsstarscanary posted:
    It has taken me years to answer this for myself, but I think mania is worse than depression.

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    Topaz03 responded:
    Hi Lars:) Well, I think Mania can be pretty horrid, considering I've had more trouble with that. Though it can be "fun" at times. Sorry. Depression? I'd have to say that must be the worst of the two. Though I've made all of my life changing decisions while manic and I've just about ruined my life several times........Though, not to sound weird, at times, I've been oblivious, but still very alive.
    Depression and not having the will do anything and no energy? Well, that is worse in my opinion. Mania hurts sometimes, but I'd rather have that energy and drive than none at all, no matter the outcome.
    Nice to see you!!! HUGS
    Topaz03 responded:
    Hi again, I'm sorry. There I go again, talking. It is very nice to see you here again. How are you? Everything okay? Are you manic right now? I'm so sorry, I just thought about how I didn't follow up on the other group. I've been so terribly busy. Though, I have managed to get a lot of my house in order.

    I hope you are okay!!! HUGS
    jselleck responded:
    Mania is worse for me because I take out all my anger and pent up feelings on my husband. When I'm depressive I'm almost normal.
    bptwin responded:
    For me it is depression. There is such a nothing-ness about my depression. Every miserable day seems like it last for an eternity and I have been extremely suicidal at times. Plus I've experienced much more depression than mania.

    Sometimes it can be hard to come down from my mania, but my mania is usually fun -- full of ideas and energy.
    sbncmo replied to bptwin's response:
    bptwin, I'm with you. I like the manic episodes, although I've done some pretty dangerous things during those times & I drive others crazy with my non-stop activities. Sometimes my manic will just snap off & I'll be so depressed. Other times, I just slow down & go sleep for hours. But you put it right - the depression that is so bad, the nothingness, not caring about anything at all for days, weeks or months on end, feeling suicidal - that's the worst.
    ddnos responded:
    Well, having a diag of bipolar 2, my mania doesn't get as high or life interferring as it can with those diag with bipolar 1, so I would have to say that for me, depression is worse. My meds have kept me from going too deep into depression over the years, though I certainly still do get depressed, just not as debilitating as w/o meds. Over the years, if my depression started interferring with my life, I usually needed to increase one of my meds either long term or short term. My medications are my friends. lol

    Make sure the facts are straight before you start drawing conclusions - Ahmed Seoudy
    BipolarDisorder2 replied to ddnos's response:
    IDK which I have...I have had a manic episode where I was pretty sure I could fly, and yet I wanted to die at the same time, but I have also had episodes that didn't really interfere with my life; I was more productive and more motivated than ever. Sooo, IDK if I'm Bipolar I or II...either way, I'd say both mania & depression are the same; they both make your life miserable and they both have their consequences.
    BeeRJ responded:
    I say mania, that part hurt me more in life I think. Depression has not been as bad for me but I do realiize now with the work i have done that there were some deep ones.
    Being me is like beeing a Bee or something. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Budha
    Indiaguerita replied to BeeRJ's response:
    Glad to see you hanging around, BeeRJ. Your posts always make me chuckle. (Not this one, in particular...but there are others...)

    Mania is worse for me. I am a giant b*tch when I am manic. And I clean like an unstoppable freight train for days. (Even when everything is spotless, I continue to clean.)

    My husband suffers the most when I am manic. I continually blame him for the "uncleanliness" of the house...the clothes not being folded and put away.......basically anything that I deem wrong, he is at fault. (Even though he has done nothing wrong except he is unable to keep up with my superhuman cleaning.)

    Depression only happens about once a year for me...although it last for four or five months. I usually just get very quiet and don't talk much. It's probably a nice break for my husband.

    larsstarscanary replied to Topaz03's response:
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    Hi, Topaz03,

    I've been pretty busy myself, unable to keep up with my own webmd clutter group, let alone this house, so don't worry. I did miss seeing you around, though.

    Mania is the worst for me because I feel so strained; at my limits; too happy, and as if in pain...Then I crash into depression and suicidal ideations.

    To me, mania is a guaranteed slide into suicidal ideations...
    Topaz03 replied to larsstarscanary's response:
    Hi Lars. Sorry to hear you are struggling with keeping up. Do you think you could be having trouble with mania? I've been wondering lately if all this confusion and my inability to focus is really my needing to be slowed down with the right meds.

    Like, my head is too busy all the time and so as a result, I end up procrastinating and shoving things in piles......and then I pile up more work for myself this way.
    My room is such a mess right now. I look at it and I really can't believe I'm sleeping in that mess.
    It's this big vicious circle. When I get it cleaned up the next time, I need to work on putting things away right away and keeping up.

    We have to keep trying:)) Hugs:)))
    larsstarscanary replied to Topaz03's response:
    minkysmom1 responded:
    Hi Lars,

    For me they are both the same. I would prefer to just be stable,I need to be in order to train my horses and get things done here on the ranch. When I'm manic the horses know it and they just stomp all over me. When I'm depressed I have no desire to get anything done. My husband has to really get after me to get things accomplished.

    So that's just the way it is for me. Great post, Lars.


    larsstarscanary replied to minkysmom1's response:
    Hi, Minky.

    It's amazing how animals detect things in us.

    I'm glad you like this post...

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