I know that everyone is different. That being said, I'm wanting to ask other people with bipolar (I or II) how long the manic or hypo manic episodes typically last for them. And here's why:
I'm a recovering alcoholic that was diagnosed bipolar 2 years ago and am now in a manic phase. Never would have bothered me before getting sober because I was too numb to feel it. But now, sober, I feel everything and everything is very overwhelming. I haven't gotten more than 3 hours of sleep in 38 days, to date, I hardly eat and I'm terribly distracted to the point that it's wholly interfering with my job. If I only knew what kind of average to look forward to as to when this might run its course I can use it as a goal to work towards, you know?
I am working with my p-doc as well, we're tweaking my medications to try to get me under control - but so far, it's been little help. If you have any experience or insight you'd be willing to share, I would certainly appreciate you taking the time to do so!
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