I wanted to talk a little bit more in depth about mania, since I am currently in that cycle, and what my personal experiences with it are.
I would like to first qualify this that I have only ever had maybe three full blown manic episodes in my life, and two of them were very recently. I deal, like most bipolars, mostly with depression, hypomania, and mixed states.
And I am going to start by saying something that will make doctors cringe: hypomania is always good. I have never once had a poor hypomanic experience. You need less sleep, less food, you have more energy, you are more creative, you are motivated, you get shit done. It is awesome. I totally recommend it for anyone who hasn’t yet tried it. I have heard bipolars compare their manic states to an experience similar to cocaine. I can see why people get addicted.