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Old 10-22-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default hypomania after depression rather than before?

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone else experiences hypomania after depression rather than before. I know it is really common for hypomania to happen and then have a crash immediately after, but I've found that usually I become depressed and then once it lifts I tend to rocket up for a little while without much of a comedown (or maybe one that is very brief). Wanted to see if anyone else has this experience.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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This is my pattern as well, down first then up. It's dangerous in some ways, because I'm left with how awesome the high was and forget about how bad the depression was... and then I think about stopping meds... and then the cycle continues.
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As an ultra rapid cycler, I've swung both ways.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:49 PM   #4
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I cant even answer because Im bck abnd forth in different states all the time. I haven't been stable in a longtime
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I have typically 2-3 months depressed state during winter and it switches to hypomania around mid February. my Pdoc keeps telling me it's usually manic state leading to depression, but i slightly disagree. Severe mania must lead to some kind of collapse but like in my case i don't go so far with my hypo. I really can't see which comes first but i think in my case it can be whichever.
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I have that both ways
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I think I tend to have depression first and then hypomania.
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Hard to say since its been so long since I've been stable, but it makes sense to me that coming out of depression could trigger euphoria and you could swing way up.
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hmmmm thanks for the responses, this is helpful. Bipolar is sort of a possible diagnosis for me right now and I've just never noticed a strong pattern of going up and then down, which I know is fairly typical in BP. Usually I feel extra awesome and amazing after my depressions lift and I can never really tell if it's just me being excited about not being depressed or if it's something more significant. Or feeling really great in the spring after a winter depression, I have no idea what the "normal" range of mood shift in that situation would be. But at least I know that hypomania after depression can be a normal variation!
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I have the same thing when spring begins. Everybody has some level cyclothymic mood swings but it's about how far it goes. Maybe normal range would be to be able to hang on everyday life. Before i used to practically quit sleeping at spring. 3 hours of sleep were just fine for weeks, sometimes i could stay up all night doing something i considered most important thing in a world. Actually i was't ever really finishing anything i started. Also i was grandious, irritated and paranoid sometimes. Ignoring totally family and friends. Just inside my brain... BP diagnosis and meds has helped a lot since... Do you see any doc to describe your symptoms to?
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