The perfect storm happened yesterday.
My routine changed. This entire week is off the charts with changes from my norm.(Trigger)
I had unexpected social interaction yesterday. (Trigger)
I started feeling an intense need to be creative. (Symptom)
I do not feel content to sit and read, which is my “thing”. (Symptom)
For the last two mornings, I have woken in the middle of the night ready to get up and do something. The first night I was able to go back to sleep. Today, I just gave in and got up. (Symptom)
I can look back and see that for several days, I’ve been heading this way.
These are just a few examples of how I know when I have made the switch into hypo-mania. All at once, I feel excited about the extra energy and creative impulse and I feel worried about the inevitable drop. I haven’t been through this cycle in a while. Maybe almost a year. I try to maintain a very low-key existence, which allows my moods to remain stable. When the perfect storm of triggers happens, though, off I go.
Some of the people I interact with do not understand my need to remain low-key. That is a lifestyle I choose in order to be as stable as possible for my immediate family. It is the only way I know to prevent major mood changes.