This day I had a mission: buy shoes for children. Unfortunately I drove to the location where a shoestore once existed. I think it moved 10 years ago. Then could not think of a place that would not involve going past the State Fair and thus The Traffic Of Doom.
So instead I just headed West on a major highway in the hopes that I would find something. I did. We stopped at two stores, found shoes for the kids.
One of my new bipolar jobs is to notice any triggers for hypomania or depressive episodes. It would help if I could distinguish hypomania from just regular.
One of the symptoms of hypomania is increased irritability. I believe a trigger for this is heat/humidity and shopping.
I am almost not quite kidding.
Here is a list of 9 common triggers for Bipolar mood swings
Also on this day, a bus that I thought had Spouse on it went flying past with this sign in lights on the front, "Emergency Call Police." So I did. And they said the bus had a broken sign and everything was fine.
But I still freaked out and felt the need to wait for the bus that he was really on. But Spouse had texted about being late (I didn't get text. Out walking) and eventually elder boy who had made dinner got antsy and tracked us down.
On a side note, researchers in Korea found that there were personality differences between people with Bipolar I and Bipolar II.
Bipolar II (like me) more prone to neuroses and introversion.
Grateful Crap: glass beads made in Japan
took meds in morning and meds at night (150mg venlafaxine, 450mg bupropion, 25mg lamotrigine)
also added Omega-3 and a multi-vitamin to the mix
time outside (pacing back and forth waiting for bus)
30 minutes of exercise
Quaker, teacher, parent,