Yes, you may have seen those words before.
And, yes, I have first hand knowledge of mental illness—my own and that of family members. It’s tough to deal with. I have never been officially diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but I’m confident I have it. Here are some of the symptoms of a manic episode:
- Decreased need for sleep
- Extreme focus on projects at work or at home
- Exuberant and elated mood
- Increased confidence
- Increased creativity and productivity ~http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/bipolar-disorder-manic-depression?page=2
I’m in a manic episode right now. Actually, it can be a good thing in that a lot of work gets accomplished. The bad part is what comes afterwards—a crash into depression. I’ve been battling this entire year to recover from a depressive episode that hit at the beginning of the year. And I have overcome the depression to be thrown into the manic stage. And I’m enjoying it. But I know it’s not a good thing. I remember what came after my last manic episode--severe exhaustion and health problems.
I think I just talked myself into a doctor’s visit.
Please remember me in your prayers! Thanks!