Hypomania & Spirituality

People do experience strange things including confused thoughts in hypomania. Bipolar patient who is suffering from hypomanic episode may not be able to figure out this confused state of mind due to the raised and disturbed energy level, impulsiveness and other episode symptoms and psychotic features.

For instance, bipolar experiences spiritual-awakening in hypomania and he gets closer to God and His divine powers. In this state of mind he gets high alert and notices ‘signs’ in his daily activities. This happens due to increased focus and alertness towards environment that made him relate every thought, saying, experience, happening, incident to himself in some way or the other. Music, television drama, cinema or even Facebook news feed communicate directly to him and he perceives some message from the content of media. However this message is not always true. It may happen due to spiritual awakening in hypomanic episode.

It is important to know that these incidents and content of media has always been happening in the same way earlier too but in normal state of mind, patient doesn’t pay much attention to it, resulting he receives such messages casually and doesn’t perceive any meaning. The bombardment of messages from environment and media has always been there but hypomania makes a person more alert and responsive so he takes the information in a strange way and perceives different meanings relating to his life and people in his circle.

If we take it in the religious context then we would be surprised to know that bipolar disease has some connection with religiosity of a patient. People who suffer from bipolar may get closer to religion and divinity to seek help from Almighty God. It helps them manages his mood swings by following religious teachings and practices. In hypomania, patient regards these signs as the message of God and he therefore makes his belief strengthened in Holy teachings. He thinks that God is showing him the right path by directly communicating to him. As I experienced all this is my recent hypomanic episode, I could conclude it that when God chooses you to show the right path then He enlightens your soul and include you among His beloved ones.

If you see something happening according to your wish even before you make any effort for its pursuit you feel blessed and you think God is with you. Similarly, when you have faith in divine, superior powers, you perceive it as God is making your journey easier by guiding you. And this thought gives you a great feeling of happiness and pride that you are special. 

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Music could be a potential Bipolar Mood Trigger

Have you ever noticed the unique patterns of emotions and thoughts while listening to your favorite music? I’m sure you must have done that. If not yet, tune in to your favorite song as per your current mood and see the magic. Music has a great and crazy infuence on one’s mood. It raises and lowers down your energy level with every moving sound beat. That’s the reason, we could best understand lyrics of a sad song in Depression and relate each word with our own life story. Similarly, Disco, Rap, and Dance numbers could be best enjoyed in Mania and you feel high with tons of energy and willing to explode happily 🙂

I experienced the same but noticed an interesting and strange behavior while listening to songs appropriate and favorable to my Bipolar episode. Sad songs may heal hurt emotions of a depressed to an extend but it could make the depression episode more severe. In the same way, Happy and Fast music could act like the mania catalyst and make a drastic shift to your energy level to an extend of psychotic behavior.

 OK. Now try a new music therapy. Just plug in to the opposite music, like when you are depressed, listen to happy songs and think of good moments and when manic, play depressing songs to stabalize your mood.

It’s fun manipulating your mind. Keep playing with thoughts untill you could completely understand the mind functioning and easily handle mood fluctuations. I have learnt to live with my disease. It’s your turn now.

Best of Luck 🙂

Things Bipolar Should Be Doing !!

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Expression often heals you

Here’s a list of things Bipolar should do to deal with illness:

1- You should First accept who you are.. and Don’t hate yourself to be BP

2- Do things you love like I found a great pleasure in Exercise and Cinema.

3- Meet with those who make you feel happy NOT those who make you aggressive

4- Avoid indulging into Argument with family or friends, at times a casual discussion or debate leads to a serious argument

5- Keep a journal with you and record your changing thoughts and mood swings. Also important situations that trigger your deep emotions

6- Don’t keep on thinking on the same issue for a long time.

7- Go for a Walk in evening

8- Meet new people, Try new Food, Travel. Exploring new things broaden your horizons

9- Change your room setting or at least desktop wallpaper

10- Listen soothing music

11- Expect less from People. Think You can make yourself happy and sad. No one else.

12- And most Importantly, EXPRESS yourself, I know its hard for a Bipolar to express his crazy views at times, so find some creative hobby like writing, painting or dancing for Self expressions. The more you keep thoughts n feelings inside, they keep killing ya..

13- Finally, VALUE YOURSELF, Take good care of yourself, diet, body, soul. We put extra effort to know our new date and make him/her happy. But we hardly get time to know our mind and behavior.