mania and manic episodes

mania stories

HAL9000 Community Member April 22, 2009
  • I was so manic once I thought it was a good idea to climb into my 4th floor window, legs dangling outside, and howl like the Wolf Man. A neighbor in the next window noticed and said, "Don't jump." I didn't. Anybody else have any good mania stories?

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  • Anonymous
    dEv
    May. 16, 2009

    Well.. One day, i was soo manic, I thought I was jesus christ and stripped naked in the middle of the street. I layed there in the form of a cross untill someone called the athorities. And when they showed up, they hauled me in the back of an ambulance. I told them that I was sent from the future to save the world. It was crazy...

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 16, 2009

      Amazing.

    • carlykitten
      Apr. 25, 2010

      i was soooo manic i thought i re born as mary magadlian and took all my clothes off and bowed down to the earth and rolled around in the grass thats when my friends freaked out and told me that their friend is in the hospital and needs healing ( tricked me ) i got changed into a silk dress and had so much energy i thought i was here to change the world....fight...

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      i was soooo manic i thought i re born as mary magadlian and took all my clothes off and bowed down to the earth and rolled around in the grass thats when my friends freaked out and told me that their friend is in the hospital and needs healing ( tricked me ) i got changed into a silk dress and had so much energy i thought i was here to change the world....fight crime...cure cancer...stop the war...heal people...etc. when i got to the hospital and i found out what they were going to do to me...i ran away and AWOLed ...the next day i called my bf and he tookme to my condo and the  cops were there because i started to freak out. HAS ANYONE EVER HAD THIS EXPERIENCE? WHEN THE DEVIL AND GOD IS FIGHTING FOR YOUR SOUL? THATS WHAT HAPPENED. i was screaming n my neighbours called the cops and i ended up int he mental ward for a month and a half...i loved it in there :) huuugge depression after that lasted 4 months but im ok now

  • nonethewiser
    May. 12, 2009

    One year I bought a brand new car...and proceeded to put over 12,000 miles on it in one year.  Were I went I have no idea, because I always ended up at home each night. Most of this was done during the summer months, because my kids always enjoyed the adventures.  This was in 1985, long before I knew I was sick.

    • HAL9000
      May. 12, 2009

      Wow. I drove like that a few nights, but not for such a prolonged period.

  • Anonymous
    Syntribo
    Apr. 26, 2009

    I had a period of time about a year ago where I was manic, had just started taking Lithium and decided, very ignorantly, to add alcohol to the mix. I woke up the next morning believing I had died and that I was in heaven. This is right before I was admitted the the mental ward of our local hospital. Don't have to say that I realized I hadn't made it to heaven....

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    I had a period of time about a year ago where I was manic, had just started taking Lithium and decided, very ignorantly, to add alcohol to the mix. I woke up the next morning believing I had died and that I was in heaven. This is right before I was admitted the the mental ward of our local hospital. Don't have to say that I realized I hadn't made it to heaven.

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 26, 2009

      Doesn't sound like heaven. :-)

    • Anonymous
      bluekrystal
      Apr. 30, 2009

      I have done some really wild and crazy things while manic. I took out $65,000.00 in IRA's bought clothes, three trucks, a stock car and enclosed trailer, and a souped up Chevy Monte Carlo. I also dressed like a whore, smoked, drank, swore, etc. Ended up having to pay about $15,000.00 in taxes on the IRA's. Oh yes, I was pretty, sexy and had bundles of energy....

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      I have done some really wild and crazy things while manic. I took out $65,000.00 in IRA's bought clothes, three trucks, a stock car and enclosed trailer, and a souped up Chevy Monte Carlo. I also dressed like a whore, smoked, drank, swore, etc. Ended up having to pay about $15,000.00 in taxes on the IRA's. Oh yes, I was pretty, sexy and had bundles of energy. Wow. Guess what happened when the mania wore off.

    • Anonymous
      Hal9000
      May. 01, 2009

      The smoking, drinking, and swearing I can relate to. I still miss smoking.

       

      Thanks

      Hal

  • Maureen
    Apr. 23, 2009

    When manic, it standard for me to think I can save the world.  I've made reservations for all over the world, for instance, the Mideast thinking I can invoke peace.  My received a $6,000 settlement on a stolen car and gave the whole thing away to who I believed to be needy people.  I feel in love ( I actually became obsessive) about a Russian...

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    When manic, it standard for me to think I can save the world.  I've made reservations for all over the world, for instance, the Mideast thinking I can invoke peace.  My received a $6,000 settlement on a stolen car and gave the whole thing away to who I believed to be needy people.  I feel in love ( I actually became obsessive) about a Russian man and thought would could lead the world if we had a child from two of the world powers...oh my goodness, it goes on.  Dressing in at least 10 different outfits a day.  Walking in the winter without shoes.  I've also taken all the clothes off and jumped in a lake in California.  You ask me why--does there have to be one?

    The police arrive as usual.  The other side -- complete and utter depression.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 23, 2009

      That's a good one about the Russian and leading the world. I had some altruistic manias also...at one point I thought I would be the next Gandhi, leading the United States to adopt nonviolence. It fell apart when I found I couldn't even get a prayer vigil going.

  • Anonymous
    msr9507
    Apr. 23, 2009

    When i'm manic, probably like the rest of you, i can fly.  now that i am diagnosed, i put it to work.  i clean the house, mow the yard, exercise, etc.  sometimes just for fun i try to write down all of the thoughts flying around in my head.  i get about every 5th one down on paper.  i write in my blog (http://mike-thebigbadblog.blogspot.com/...

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    When i'm manic, probably like the rest of you, i can fly.  now that i am diagnosed, i put it to work.  i clean the house, mow the yard, exercise, etc.  sometimes just for fun i try to write down all of the thoughts flying around in my head.  i get about every 5th one down on paper.  i write in my blog (http://mike-thebigbadblog.blogspot.com/) .  and like most, i am funny, creative and smart when i'm up.

     

    i start projects and never finish them.  ha!

     

    Mike

     

     

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 23, 2009

      I remember being extremely creative when manic. I wrote several novels that way--never published, though I did get some short stories published. When I was 17 I composed a symphonic suite without knowing any musical notation, at the same time that I was writing stories, making a super-8 movie, and planning a fresco for my bedroom ceiling. I never...

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      I remember being extremely creative when manic. I wrote several novels that way--never published, though I did get some short stories published. When I was 17 I composed a symphonic suite without knowing any musical notation, at the same time that I was writing stories, making a super-8 movie, and planning a fresco for my bedroom ceiling. I never finished the fresco.

       

      My creativity mostly disappeared when I went on lithium. One of the side effects of getting stabilized.

    • carlykitten
      Apr. 25, 2010

      i was extremely creative too and thought i was going to write a novel and change the world with it! but yeah i would exercise and i always seemed like i was busy doing something...the day was always to short. i never scrapbooked or painted before but i started doing that and yoga. i started many things that i never finished. i would read like 6 books at once...

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      i was extremely creative too and thought i was going to write a novel and change the world with it! but yeah i would exercise and i always seemed like i was busy doing something...the day was always to short. i never scrapbooked or painted before but i started doing that and yoga. i started many things that i never finished. i would read like 6 books at once but only get through many the first 10 pages. lol

    • carlykitten
      Apr. 25, 2010

      the blog wasnt there it would have been funny to read it! i kept a journal when i was manic..i would write down everything that was going on in my head....well not everything but alot!

  • tls
    tls
    Apr. 23, 2009

    Okay, I thought of one that makes me laugh instead of cry. 

     

    Around 20 years ago I went on a shopping spree after work on Friday with a new credit card that came in the mail that day.  I purchased all new bathroom and bedroom stuff (sheets, towels, down comforter, shower curtain, window curtains, soap dish, etc.)  I went home and dropped...

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    Okay, I thought of one that makes me laugh instead of cry. 

     

    Around 20 years ago I went on a shopping spree after work on Friday with a new credit card that came in the mail that day.  I purchased all new bathroom and bedroom stuff (sheets, towels, down comforter, shower curtain, window curtains, soap dish, etc.)  I went home and dropped all the bags on the floor in the living room and went back out to do more shopping (the card wasn't maxed out yet). 

     

    I went to a department store (I lived in Houston and I think it was Foley's) and bought almost $1,000 in work clothes and accessories.  I told the lady who was helping me that I had recently lost a lot of weight and I needed all new work clothes.  Of course that was a lie, my weight was the same as it always was at that time (way tooooo thin because I didn't eat a lot, drank a bit too much, and self-medicated when depressed). 

     

    I also bought paint at a hardware store to paint the bathroom and bedroom to match the new stuff I got.  I stayed up 2 days straight painting and deocrating my bedroom and bathroom and trying on my new clothes - chain smoking and chewing the inside of my mouth the whole time. 

     

    When I got back to work on Monday and was still way "up" my boss called me into her office to ask if I was using drugs because I seemed "different."  I assured her I wasn't and went back to my desk and worked double-time for a couple weeks.  We all know what happened after the mania wore off.

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 23, 2009

      Thanks for the story. I've never had the shopping spree thing, though I have become hyperproductive at work.

  • tls
    tls
    Apr. 23, 2009

    Okay, I thought of one that makes me laugh instead of cry. 

     

    Around 20 years ago I went on a shopping spree after work on Friday with a new credit card that came in the mail that day.  I purchased all new bathroom and bedroom stuff (sheets, towels, down comforter, shower curtain, window curtains, soap dish, etc.)  I went home and dropped...

    RHMLucky777

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    Okay, I thought of one that makes me laugh instead of cry. 

     

    Around 20 years ago I went on a shopping spree after work on Friday with a new credit card that came in the mail that day.  I purchased all new bathroom and bedroom stuff (sheets, towels, down comforter, shower curtain, window curtains, soap dish, etc.)  I went home and dropped all the bags on the floor in the living room and went back out to do more shopping (the card wasn't maxed out yet). 

     

    I went to a department store (I lived in Houston and I think it was Foley's) and bought almost $1,000 in work clothes and accessories.  I told the lady who was helping me that I had recently lost a lot of weight and I needed all new work clothes.  Of course that was a lie, my weight was the same as it always was at that time (way tooooo thin because I didn't eat a lot, drank a bit too much, and self-medicated when depressed). 

     

    I also bought paint at a hardware store to paint the bathroom and bedroom to match the new stuff I got.  I stayed up 2 days straight painting and deocrating my bedroom and bathroom and trying on my new clothes - chain smoking and chewing the inside of my mouth the whole time. 

     

    When I got back to work on Monday and was still way "up" my boss called me into her office to ask if I was using drugs because I seemed "different."  I assured her I wasn't and went back to my desk and worked double-time for a couple weeks.  We all know what happened after the mania wore off.

    • tls
      tls
      Apr. 23, 2009

      Ignore the duplicate - I double-clicked the mouse instead of a single-click to post and I can't figure out how to delete my comment.

    • carlykitten
      Apr. 25, 2010

      wow i spent 20 grand in one week! and i didnt sleep for 10 days i was so high...the mania but it was a drug induced mania. i was using ecstasy, cocaine and ghb and drinking vodka everyday. i just recently moved into a new condo and bought all new furniture, bedroom set, couches, dinning room table, kitchen supplies..clothes..etc. would go out to a club and...

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      wow i spent 20 grand in one week! and i didnt sleep for 10 days i was so high...the mania but it was a drug induced mania. i was using ecstasy, cocaine and ghb and drinking vodka everyday. i just recently moved into a new condo and bought all new furniture, bedroom set, couches, dinning room table, kitchen supplies..clothes..etc. would go out to a club and buy bottles...i just blew all my money i was saving for a car down the drain. i would chain smoke and drink and just run around meeting new ppl inmy building and at the mall..etc. my friends thought something was weird was going on because i would talk a mile a mintue and i turned really religious after when i was in the hospital and quit smoking and i thought i was mary magidlian here for an important reason to change the world. yeah it lasted about a month and a half. i hated the depression after...but am doing okay now :)

  • Anonymous
    Bossy
    Apr. 23, 2009

    13 years ago, I had my first manic experience. It was an early February morning in the Midwest, and I woke up believing that I was in Eden, and clothes were not necessary. Further, I went outside to 'walk in the garden,' to look for God. Of course, police came, but they simply transported me to the nearest psychiatric unit, STAT. Embarassed

    • tls
      tls
      Apr. 23, 2009

      That is a good one.  And again, like howling at the moon, we should be able to walk around the garden without clothes but it helps if it is our own garden with a tall fence.Cool

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 23, 2009

      Thanks for the story.

  • tls
    tls
    Apr. 23, 2009

    I too have howled at the full-moon.  It just seems like the right thing to do.  I think more people should do it.  It probably is the equivalent to primal screaming (which I can't do, even in a remote place).

     

    I started to write some of the manic moments I have had but then I thought about how those times impacted my daughter and I couldn't...

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    I too have howled at the full-moon.  It just seems like the right thing to do.  I think more people should do it.  It probably is the equivalent to primal screaming (which I can't do, even in a remote place).

     

    I started to write some of the manic moments I have had but then I thought about how those times impacted my daughter and I couldn't write about them.  Not yet anyways.  Maybe someday I can talk about it to someone other than my therapist.

  • knowthyself
    Apr. 22, 2009

    Hal,

     

    I read the title to this and thought, oh boy, some horror stories.  Not quite a horror story, but you must have been feeling pretty confident at the time. 

    I am sure what we do when manic seems way out there to others, but makes complete sense to us, in the world we fabricate with our distorted perception.

     

    Many years ago, in a land...

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    Hal,

     

    I read the title to this and thought, oh boy, some horror stories.  Not quite a horror story, but you must have been feeling pretty confident at the time. 

    I am sure what we do when manic seems way out there to others, but makes complete sense to us, in the world we fabricate with our distorted perception.

     

    Many years ago, in a land far far away......, during a 350 mile drive, I recieved three speeding tickets, stopped and fueled up my car, without a cent on me, arrived at my parents home, was declared 5150 by a designated examiner and spent a week in an isolation cell, in the County jail, before being transferred to a State hospital.

     

    Now, they would not even think of placing someone, on a mental hold in Jail, let alone isolation.  The concrete slab and wool blanket were great comforts.  At least I had my own toilet/sink, with a spout, in the shape of an eagle's head, that rotated to make a drinking fountain.

     

    Not a horror story, but not a fun place to be manic.

     

    Note: I was the last mentally ill person in this state to held at a jail, while waiting for an opening at a hospital.  At the time my mother was the State's President of NAMI.

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 22, 2009

      That's a good story. I haven't usually felt manic while driving--more often while walking. Once, in another of my werewolf episodes, I was out walking late at night and climbed some kind of rock face near home and started howling there. I've never been able to find the rock face again.

    • knowthyself
      Apr. 22, 2009

      Hal,

       

      It must be the heightened senses that bring out the animal nature; seeing in the dark, brightened colors, sharpened images, reaction to sounds, the smell of the air, and the general sense of awareness.  Let's not forget the increased energy.

       

      You may never find the face you climbed, it does not look the same without the mood and the altered...

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      Hal,

       

      It must be the heightened senses that bring out the animal nature; seeing in the dark, brightened colors, sharpened images, reaction to sounds, the smell of the air, and the general sense of awareness.  Let's not forget the increased energy.

       

      You may never find the face you climbed, it does not look the same without the mood and the altered perception.

       

      Well, it is good you have left the lycanthrope behind you.  Good stories to tell, but those men in white coat like to capture the werewolves.Laughing

    • HAL9000
      Apr. 22, 2009

      True!