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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  14:22:24  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Dear Members,

It would be very helpful if you could tell our community how you deal with the onset of mania. The following is a questionnaire that assesses how people cope with mania (in Bipolar Disorder).

Here's the first question:

    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I ensure that I stay on the prescribed dose of my anti-manic medication.
Once you answer, you will be shown how our other members have answered.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  14:32:49  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I immediately notify my doctor about this.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  14:45:14  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I immediately notify my family or friends about this.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  14:55:32  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I ensure that I get regular sleep (not too much or too little).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  14:57:34  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I ensure that I get regular exercise (not too much or too little).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:00:55  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I ensure that I keep to my regular amount of social life (hours/week) - not too much or too little.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:02:57  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I ensure that I keep to my regular amount of work (hours/week) - not too much or too little.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:12:37  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I don't drink alcohol or use street drugs.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:15:39  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I don't go to parties, rock concerts or any other very stimulating or emotional events (because I don't want to get over-stimulated).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:17:17  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I purposely don't do any major shopping (because I don't want to over-spend).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:19:06  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I purposely don't make any major decisions - e.g., buy a new car, buy a house, quit my job (because I don't trust my decision-making ability when I'm high).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:20:48  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I purposely don't pursue a new romance (because I don't trust my decision-making ability when I'm high).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:32:57  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I try to calm myself down by decreasing my social, vocational, and/or recreational activities.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:35:05  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I try to calm myself down by using relaxation techniques (e.g., meditation, listening to calming music, self-hypnosis).
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:36:48  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I try to calm myself down by going for quiet walks.
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  15:38:39  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    When my mood starts to become too excited, elated, or manic:
    • I try to calm myself down by reading or watching TV to relax.
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