a reply to: bb23108
Very astute observations.
I'm pretty heavy into criminal psychology right now, so forgive me if I'm not very conclusive when it comes to full spectrum dynamics.
I think you've done a wonderful job of fleshing things out and I'm really impressed with your thoughts on this subject thus far. Thanks a million!
Seriously. I mean that. I deleted a lot of my prior post before hitting send because I was delving more into the deranged manifestations and extreme
types of hyper-sexual behavior manifestations.
Felt it might derail the thread and didn't want to get too into the dark side of things.
Diet is a key factor in keeping my mania at bay. Healthy food is so important. I require a lot of protein but sometimes I really crave dark greens
and colorful salads, so the diet kind of fluxes. Oddly enough, I have a weird relationship with caffeine. Sodas calm me down and coffee helps me
focus. But if I start overworking and start losing track of time I can easily start sliding into mania without realizing it. I've learned to notice
most of the symptoms before they get too extreme
and it's much more manageable these days.
My AXIS I is Schizoaffective, and when those manic spells hit alongside mental divergence and delusions/hallucinations, they are suddenly and out of
the blue for days or weeks at a time. Staying out of environments that trigger me is very important. I'm slowly learning to desensitize to the more
mundane ones and completely avoid others.
Now it's just proper diet, rest and knowing the warning signs most of the time when I'm overworking. If I don't get enough good sleep my thoughts can
start culminating into a full blown psychotic episode. I'm not violent, but the mental switching can be terrifying and exceedingly physically painful
when mania starts leading into psychosis.
Identifying triggers are important as well....my main concern is keeping my psychosis at bay. Every day I'm doing walking meditations, music therapy,
art and writing therapy, cultural studies and personal enrichment to keep the depressive aspects at bay. Those still tend to get very bad if I stay
isolated for too long without new sensory experiences...like fresh air and sunlight, nature and so forth. Without that very important aspect to
balance out the nasty stuff I deal with, I can get a little loopy and stressed beyond healthy limits.
For most people suffering from bi-polar, healthy diet and exercise, good friends and a strong supportive base of associations does immense wonders. A
small breakfast, maybe a morning walk or jog, a job or volunteer work, art therapy, reading....there are a number of ways for folks dealing with
bi-polar to develop a workable routine. Each person has their own thing that works for them, favorite foods and so forth, and it's not always easy to
admit that too many salty foods and greasy dishes are bad for ones overall health in the long run, but moderation of those types of things with fresh
fruits and raw veggies can do wonders.
Some folks prefer jogging to burn off excess energies, some can do so with power walking, others with a leisurely stroll. The trick is finding what
works for you and learning as many techniques as possible in order to not grow stale and tired and "used to" the same thing day in and day out.
Yoga takes many forms....sitting still doesn't work for me so I do walking meditations and light active stretching from time to time. Once again, try
different types until you find what works best for you.
In regards to the sexual energies, I've kind of always been a bit Tantric and my husband and I can satisfy one another with a quick swat on the rump
and a peck on the cheek. Sounds silly, I know....but sexual energy isn't always through the genitals. As the saying goes - the brain is the biggest
and most dynamic sexual organ.
Kundalini Yoga covers that aspect, but it's important to find a proper practitioner, and not rush the process. Too much too fast too soon and one can
experience some very nasty side-effects. I won't get into them all because we'd be here for eternity, but it's wise to avoid any heavy drugs or
excessive alcohol use when undergoing Kundalini Training.
Moderation is the key to almost all imbalances.
Too much = mania.
Not enough = depression.
Naturally made Serotonin.
It's our friend.
edit on 5/30/15 by GENERAL EYES because: formatting clarity