I have a question about the period of time post manic episode. I do not know if my experience is typical but I'm curious if there has been any observational data collected on this subject. I typically experience the first few days to a week after a long (at least 7 days) full manic episode as kind of a depressed and cognitivly confused time. I do not process information well. I'm inattentive and have short term memory issues. I also feel just really sad. Not exactly depressed, just kind of blue. It passes without really needing medication intervention, but it is really annoying. It makes me wish I was back at least in hypomania. Is this related to biochemicasl changes that occur after mania resolves or am I just odd? (Just kidding, sort of)
Dear Renee, Studies show that it takes a good 3-4 months or more to recover from a manic episode. Cognitive symptoms are par for the course, just as you describe. In addition, 30-40% of manias are followed by a depressive episode in the subsequent 3-6 months. So, you are describing nothing odd, just the natural course of illness and recovery.
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