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  1. I like the idea of creating a scale like that! I also like it being 1-15, 1-10 doesn't feel like it has enough nuance. I found this descriptive mood scale (see image) which I think could be useful but perhaps not practical to track. I particularly like that anxiety is shown as having the same activation but opposite valence to mania/excitement which is how I experience it sometimes. The site I found the image on has some good thoughts on how to measure mood: http://quantifiedself.com/2012/12/how-is-mood-measured-get-your-mood-on-part-2/ I also found this website: http://www.moodscope.com/ which has a gamified way to track moods. This looks most useful for me. I'll probably update after a while to let people know how I get on!
  2. I was wondering if anyone has tips for tracking moods? My problem is that I seem to be objectively bad at rating my moods and always think I'm 'ok' until I'm really not and even then it's normally someone else who points it out. I have an app (Inflow) but like I said I just end up choosing 'ok' so it's not meaningful in any way. I'd really like objective measures I can track, apart from how much sleep I'm getting.
  3. I have a theory about anxiety and I wanted to see if anyone else has a similar experience. Sometimes when I'm hypo/manic, I feel very similar to anxiety except it's positive: I feel on edge but like exciting things are going to happen, I'm fidgety, my body feels like a coiled spring ready to go into action. So my theory is that a part of my bipolar is sometimes experiencing an excess of nervous energy (for lack of a better term) and if it comes while I'm in a low mood that's anxiety and if it comes in a high mood there isn't really a separate word for it but it is a distinct feeling. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
  4. I had a messy breakdown at work a couple of years ago. I'm a scientist and I was doing an experiment that had often gone wrong in the past. This occasion it was all going fine but I was so stressed and worried I just started crying and couldn't stop. I had to get a colleague to take over and I wanted to leave right away but my boss was going into a meeting and wanted to talk to me before I left so he asked me to stick around. So I sat at my desk for an hour unable to stop crying before I could speak to him and even then I couldn't explain what was going on. Everyone was supportive and understanding but like you I was worried that in reality they were judging me. I've since done CBT and when I was no longer depressed I was able to recognise that I was engaging in mind reading. http://cogbtherapy.com/cbt-blog/common-cognitive-distortions-mind-reading If you haven't been to therapy in a while it might be really helpful for you to read up on cognitive distortions!
  5. I don't actually watch the show but I keep meaning to! I've heard loads of good things about it and I do enjoy the songs.
  6. I'm sorry you're having such a tough time with this. I just wanted to add that I've also found CBT very beneficial. The breakthrough for me was recognising thoughts are not facts. Last year I was severely depressed and negative thought spirals felt like being pulled into a whirlpool. Since then I've done CBT and earlier this year when I had mild depression I had those negative thoughts spiraling again and I was able to challenge them in the moment. It is so incredibly difficult when you're deeply depressed to change your thinking patterns but it is a skill you can get better at. Best of luck! Also, this song from Steven Universe might be useful/fun:
  7. I take my dose before going to bed so often in the evening my mood is higher than the rest of the day. Last week I skipped my meds and did not sleep the whole night. I was shattered the next day, felt like I had jetlag. I won't be doing that again in a hurry!
  8. Well, it really depends on the conversation: how well you know the person, if it's a group discussion, how likely the person is to take that correction well, how much you feel like educating them. Sometimes they apologise like 'that was sort of insensitive, wasn't it? sorry', or maybe they roll their eyes and complain about political correctness, or maybe they ask you to explain. At the very least it will make the person think about what they said and it signals to anyone listening that that kind of language isn't ok.
  9. I think that's a really good way of phrasing how I feel! Thanks, this thread has been very helpful!
  10. I find it useful to say 'wow' with a look of disbelief, so I'm implying "I can't believe anyone talks like that anymore/thinks that's an appropriate thing to say!" Of course, if you don't mind disclosing, saying you have bipolar is probably going to shut them up quickest! It really sucks that people are ignorant of why that kind of language is harmful. In an ideal world, people would be respectful and listen when you correct them instead of digging in and defending themselves.
  11. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I guess I am still having trouble working out what is 'ok' to be feeling like and what I should talk to a doctor about. Hopefully this is something I will get better at with time! I have an appointment scheduled next month so I'm going to monitor my mood closely til then and talk it over with my doctor.
  12. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety Jan 2015 then bipolar Nov 2015. I'm on quetiapine now and in general I'm doing pretty ok (definitely so much better than when I was majorly depressed!) but I don't feel the same as I did before all this started. I feel sort of fragile or volatile, like I could very easily cry or get angry or get carried away. I don't know if this is a sign that my meds/lifestyle still need adjusting or if I just need more time or if it's unrealistic for me to expect to feel 'normal' ever again. What are other people's experiences?
  13. I know this is an old thread but it was useful for me. I started taking quetiapine (400mg daily) for bipolar in November and this spring when my hay fever started acting up I began taking loratadine as I normally would without thinking to check with my doctor or pharmacist. Over a period of about 3 weeks my mood progressively worsened, I was teary and depressed and I stopped taking the loratadine since I ran out and couldn't be bothered to buy more. Within a few days I felt much better and that made me think that maybe the loratadine was the cause. This was the only information I could find about interaction between loratadine and quetiapine! I don't get bad hay fever so I've just stopped taking any medication for it and I've been doing alright since moodwise.
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