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Bipolar II Hypomania is not necessarily fun (TRIGGER)
An_246448 posted:
I may not have searched sufficiently to see this caveat to what hypomania can be like, but Bipolar II isn't a "light" version of Bipolar I. Bipolar II doesn't necessarily mean you come up for air from that very dark depressive state, and just feel really and truly pretty darned good for awhile.
Suffering from Bipolar II, I enter "mixed" states, where the hypomanic energy can lend an intensity to feelings that is almost beyond belief. So much is going on that I'm easily confused and find it extremely difficiult to redirect myself, to think or retain information. The resulting anxiety (and actual negative outcomes) build on already deeply destructive, negative thought patterns.
I've never been arrested, or evicted, or thought I was god. But please know that like Bipolar I, Bipolar II can take a terrible toll.
Anneinside responded:
I have bipolar I (used to be diagnosed with BP II) and when I have hypomania or move into mania I am usually very irritable and don't find it pleasant at all. Nor do I like depression because I become suicidal. I guess I only like "normal".
lexismom11 replied to Anneinside's response:
I am the same way. I have bipolar I and hypomania consists of extreme irritability. I agree that it is very unpleasant. Depression is worse because I do have suicidal thoughts along with the worthlessness and hopelessness. In between when I am not having an episode is nice because I feel more normal. I don't feel like such an outsider among everyone I am with.

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