Behaviours Associated with Mania and Depression

So after my last post about Bipolar I have a few people asking me for more specific behaviours that I do/experience when I’m manic or depressed.  So I have compiled a list of some of them, it is by no means an exhaustive list but it covers the main ones:

MANIA

  • Excessive spending
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) symptoms – eg. list making, double & triple checking locks, bank accounts etc.
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • High level achievements – able to achieve more in less time as I seem to be in overdrive.
  • Lack of sleep due to obsessive thoughts
  • Inability to make rational decisions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Binge eating
  • Inability to meditate
  • Short attention span

DEPRESSION

  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal thoughts and at worst actions
  • Excessive self doubt
  • Paranoia
  • Lethargy
  • Insomnia – Lack of sleep, unable to get to sleep and unable to stay asleep – this was actually the worst part of my major depression – and it was the reason I overdosed many times – I didn’t care about the consequences of taking an overdose of sleeping tablets/sedatives I just wanted to sleep, even if it was permanent.
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Lack of care factor about things I would usually care about – eg personal hygiene, exercise, actually the list is endless.
  • Panic Attacks
  • Feelings of hopelessness and catastrophising
  • No apetite and no interest in healthy food
  • Excessive meditation/blank thoughts

So there you go that is some of the things I experience when I am manic or depressed.

Signing off,

Em

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