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I've currently been in what I think is a mixed state since mid/end sept 2015. But currently what I'm going through is straight jacket worthy.

It seems when I drink even moderate amounts of caffeine sometimes it seems to make me go nuts. Such as right now.  It's messed up though half the time I have the normal reaction from it you'd expect..

Right now My mind is flying, I can't sit still, I feel like... I don't know unstoppable really. I could crush bricks with my head type situation. Any who this can't be normal. I'm laughing as I type this. 1 hour ok I was so depressed I almost burst into tears. I used to doubt my bipolar diagnosis for years. I don't anymore. 

Dose caffeine make your manias/hypos/mixes worse??? 

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3 hours ago, Chrisja1987 said:

I've currently been in what I think is a mixed state since mid/end sept 2015. But currently what I'm going through is straight jacket worthy.

It seems when I drink even moderate amounts of caffeine sometimes it seems to make me go nuts. Such as right now.  It's messed up though half the time I have the normal reaction from it you'd expect..

Right now My mind is flying, I can't sit still, I feel like... I don't know unstoppable really. I could crush bricks with my head type situation. Any who this can't be normal. I'm laughing as I type this. 1 hour ok I was so depressed I almost burst into tears. I used to doubt my bipolar diagnosis for years. I don't anymore. 

Dose caffeine make your manias/hypos/mixes worse??? 

Me personally, yes it does seem to make it worse. I take diet pills(over the counter) too and that makes it even worse because of the large dose of caffeine that is in them. I'm also a huge fan of Pepsi Max, and it has more caffeine than Mountain Dew.

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I'm used to very high levels of caffeine since adolescence. Drinkin two redbuls is like drinking water to me so I'll disagree and agree at the same time. If you're not used to caffeine..I'm pretty sure it wouldn't improve anything. However I still think that if it will make your manias worse..it will only be while the caffeine is in your system. 

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7 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

Yes.  Having caffeine when hypo/manic makes my heart race and I am more alert, jittery/nervous-like.  I can get a lot of stuff done with caffeine, but it is a very uncomfortable feeling.  So I don't drink caffeine at all now, hypo/manic or not.

This is my exact experience. Maybe I should give up caffeine to... Atleast until I get on meds.

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If I'm symptom-free/not in an episode, I can handle a fair amount of caffeine (think a medium-sized caffeinated coffee beverage and a bottle of soda) and be perfectly fine.

If I'm at all off-kilter...and honestly it can be in either direction (up or down), it lead to the feelings/symptoms that Melissa described.

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