Bipolar II

Hypomania Symptoms (so you don’t have to go look them up)

  • euphoric, elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and increased energy;
  • excessive self-esteem or grandiosity;
  • less need to sleep;
  • more talkative than usual or feeling pressured to continue talking;
  • expresses ideas rapidly — quickly changes topics or feels that thoughts are racing;
  • trouble focusing;
  • restlessness or increased participation in goal-oriented activities; and
  • excessively engaging in activities that have a high likelihood of having negative consequences (for example, promiscuity, excessive spending, poor business decisions).

Links to a Neat Website

My Story

Not a lot of people know about my bipolar II diagnosis. Since almost no one I know will see this, I’m finally free to share my story and thoughts on the subject. I will probably be updating this post as I come up with new ideas and experience more of life with bipolar II. I have struggled with depression since the sixth grade, and anxiety since the womb. I did not get diagnosed with bipolar II until March of 2017, but I had an idea beforehand that it might be the case.

I am currently in the midst of a hypomanic episode, and dreading the comedown, so I keep drinking more coffee. My mood is at least elevated if not euphoric, which feels pretty amazing. I feel like I’m on top of the world. I feel like I can do anything. I only started this blog two days ago, because I’m now super goal-oriented and decided to take on such a big project. I hope I stick with blogging, even when I am not in a hypomanic state. I am sleeping very little and my body is exhausted, but my brain won’t let me sleep properly. I have almost no money to my name, because I’m a broke college student, yet I paid to get my own domain name for this blog???

This is all very new and confusing to me. I have done a lot of research, but nothing compares swapping stories with other badass survivors of mental illness, in this case bipolar II.

4/22 I am going on to day number nine of my hypomanic episode, which is the longest I’ve ever had. I am addicted to the feeling. I drank even more coffee this morning just to help me along. I’ve been awake a good deal of the night, just sitting in the darkness, waiting for the earliest rays of the sun to come through the window. I’m waiting for my sister and dad to wake up, so that I can have someone to tell all my racing and unfocused thoughts to.

8/1 I am hypomanic, and cannot sleep. I’m very excited for school to start. I want to leave ASAP. However, I made commitments that I must oblige.

6 thoughts on “Bipolar II

  1. Im not sure but I *think* there’s a way to search for keywords/tags on other blogs and pull them into your Reader. It might be a good way to find/ connect with others who write on similar topics (I’ve stumbled across blogs focused on ADHD, anxiety, etc so I know they’re out there). I just set some this morning: went to my Reader page on my phone app and under Followed Sites and all the way at the bottom I added some tags I’m interested in (homesteading, parenting etc) then it pulls them into your Reader. Not sure if this helps but it may be a way for you to connect to a wider readership and blogs you’re interested in. Hope you’re feeling well! 🤗

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  2. What the other person said is exactly right, WordPress has it’s own search engine using the tags and search in the reader. I grew up with a person who is bipolar and when he was not on meds went from highs to lows and behaved very differently in each phase. I hope you have a doctor but if you don’t I recommend you find one. Take care of yourself, have a super wonderful day.

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