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Old 03-27-2020, 04:08 AM   #11
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I actually tend to be an introvert -though am very friendy, if that seems like a dichotomy- and a bit socially anxious, and yet when I'm hypomanic, all of that melts away. Or rather, flies away in a big, earthshattering burst.

I lose all social anxiety, I become very much an extrovert, I think I'm the most brilliant person in the world -and let others knows it, in some way or another- am hyperactive (including little needed sleep), hypersexual... I do a 360, I completely change.

Though when it turns to mania, the hyperactivity turns into the unbearable need to move and as if bugs were crawling all over me, the extroversion and hypersexuality turns dangerous, the delusions start to take me over.

So, to answer your question, no, I don't turn inward, I actually very much turn outward.
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Old 03-27-2020, 04:42 AM   #12
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I actually tend to be an introvert -though am very friendy, if that seems like a dichotomy- and a bit socially anxious, and yet when I'm hypomanic, all of that melts away. Or rather, flies away in a big, earthshattering burst.

I lose all social anxiety, I become very much an extrovert, I think I'm the most brilliant person in the world -and let others knows it, in some way or another- am hyperactive (including little needed sleep), hypersexual... I do a 360, I completely change.

Though when it turns to mania, the hyperactivity turns into the unbearable need to move and as if bugs were crawling all over me, the extroversion and hypersexuality turns dangerous, the delusions start to take me over.

So, to answer your question, no, I don't turn inward, I actually very much turn outward.

Thanks! I am definitely also a lot more open and less socially withdrawn when hypomanic, though I had mostly attributed that to increased self-esteem. However, I still don't feel the need to go to parties and such. I guess I tend to channel most of my increased self-esteem into intellectual pursuits, new hobbies, and the like.


I do, however, experience hypersexuality. For some reason I hadn't thought of that as extroverted behavior, but now that you mention it I definitely think it makes sense to view it as such.
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:16 AM   #13
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Yeah, this sounds all too familiar. I also tend to be unable to moderate my purchases in the sense of getting just what I need for a new hobby. Instead I want the absolute top of the line product. For example I might decide that my new hobby is going to be astronomy and so I need a telescope. Rather than buying a simple one first and seeing if I like it I'll just go all out and buy a super expensive semi-professional one. Then the hypomania dies down and I lose interest, and I have this telescope just sitting around for a few years until I finally get rid of it. My wife tries to stop me but I can be very hard to control at times like that.
Yep, I feel you on the premium products. I think this hobby is going to last forever, "so I might as well buy top of the line so that it lasts me decades!!!"

What a waste of money on my part.

Sometimes I even buy lots of used items off eBay or used book sites. Then of course I can't return the items... because they're used. I can try to resell on eBay or similar sites like Mercari, but doing that is just a real pain in the @ss.

The worst part of it all is that I have my credit card number MEMORIZED. I know the numbers, including the CVV number. I can try to pretend I lost my card to get a new number from my credit card company, but I mean... I'll just end up memorizing it again and I will be out $50 because that's how much it takes to replace a card these days.

I wish I knew a solution for you, but unfortunately, I don't. Just wanted to say that I feel you on this. I really do. It's difficult.
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Yep, I feel you on the premium products. I think this hobby is going to last forever, "so I might as well buy top of the line so that it lasts me decades!!!"

What a waste of money on my part.

Sometimes I even buy lots of used items off eBay or used book sites. Then of course I can't return the items... because they're used. I can try to resell on eBay or similar sites like Mercari, but doing that is just a real pain in the @ss.

The worst part of it all is that I have my credit card number MEMORIZED. I know the numbers, including the CVV number. I can try to pretend I lost my card to get a new number from my credit card company, but I mean... I'll just end up memorizing it again and I will be out $50 because that's how much it takes to replace a card these days.

I wish I knew a solution for you, but unfortunately, I don't. Just wanted to say that I feel you on this. I really do. It's difficult.

Yeah, I don't know of a solution either. Sometimes after a few hypomanic cycles I come back to the same hobby and I use the stuff I bought again, I suppose that's something at least. In any case, thanks for your replies, it's good to know that others have similar experiences.
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I am generally a bit more inwardly directed than outwardly directed, but that doesn't mean I'm shy or don't enjoy being with people. When I'm hypomanic/manic I can really turn into the "Star of the Show", which to me usually means I'm coming across as exuberant, fun, and wonderful, but there can be a real mixed review from others. Even when I'm in that state, I still think I'm more focused on the inward even if I'm gallivanting all around the town or world.
---I have a similar experience. I found your "mixed reviews from others" so funny because I know the feeling. It's the "legend in my own mind" syndrome!
Love the way you described this! Thanks, BirdDancer.
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I am generally a bit more inwardly directed than outwardly directed, but that doesn't mean I'm shy or don't enjoy being with people. When I'm hypomanic/manic I can really turn into the "Star of the Show", which to me usually means I'm coming across as exuberant, fun, and wonderful, but there can be a real mixed review from others. Even when I'm in that state, I still think I'm more focused on the inward even if I'm gallivanting all around the town or world.
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