.signs of what I now know is hypomania (3-4 hrs sleep,etc. its new to me). I have been chronically in a depressed/stong social anxiety state most of my life except for a few times in 30 years when I was full blown hospital manic/psychotic. I have not shown ANY of the negative signs associated w/this hypomania and have for the most part remained up. I am confident that with my background I can detect in advance when I am headed toward full blown mania and it seems I can control it by adding more valproate. So my question is why can't I choose to remain in this "mild" hypo state?
You can choose to do anything you want with your medical care, however don't expect your dr to take care of you if you do that. Why you would choose to be in a state that only allows 3-4 hrs of sleep a night I'll never know. Continually loosing sleep is harmful to your health, both physical and mental. Believe me, people with this type of disorder can be the last to recognize they need help.
You may "choose" to stay in the hypomanic stage however you won't stay there as at some point we overdue it and then the lack of sleep affects us and we crash. Notice I said we lol
I miss my hypomanic self as I was happy and carefree and got so much done but having crashed a few times into depression or worse gone into a mixed episode I have decided that it is best if I figure out how to live without being hypomanic.
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