3 Changes Linked to my Mania

Hypomania or mania can feature many noticeable differences. Some of those are clearly visible, while others are not. While everyone experiences mood episodes differently, I wanted to share 3 ways hypomania and mania change me.

 

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Changes in writing:

“Writer’s block” does not present as an issue. Some describe this as a “flow”, when writing comes pretty effortlessly. During these times, I can write and write and WRITE. I’m not saying that these are high quality pieces, although some of my favorite pieces were written in a hypomanic or manic state. Mostly, this is quantity rather than quality. At a manic level, I can’t even really write eloquent pieces… it’s just like a tangle of different ideas going all in different directions, ones which appear all magically linked to me at the time, but do not make sense to anyone else. I have read of hypergraphia being associated with mania, but I don’t know if what I experienced was to that degree, although it did feel like an obsessive need to get down all of my thoughts and ideas, since they all appeared to be genius.

 

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Changes in appearance:

Can I pull of this blue lipstick? Hell yeah, I can. Should I wear this revealing crop top? Yes, you look SO GOOD. Should I dye my hair burgundy? Absolutely! Before hypomania or mania, I never dyed my hair, wore daring clothing, or put on much makeup. During an elevated state, I might be seen with purple lipstick, heavy mascara, 4 inch Kors heels (my latest manic purchase/impulsive splurge), and short dress. I have been told that my makeup is “loud”. My changes have been so quick, that one time my roommate saw me from a distance on the street and did not even recognize me.

 

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Changes in plans for future:

My confidence surges to such a high level, that when I look to the future, I see only grand opportunities, with no possibility of failure. I feel certain that I could start a business or get into a top clinical psychology program or revolutionize the mental healthcare system… with no experience or qualifications.

 

 

How does hypomania or mania change you? Do you relate?

 

 

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