Of course not too long after I posted about recovery, I felt my baseline hypomanic state was feeling a bit more hyper than hypo and contacted my psychiatrist. I told him I was self-prescribing 1mg Klonopin at night, which used to be a part of my medication regime, but which I had stopped years ago.
It worked well and I feel much more calm. I’ve been really hyped up lately with far too much on my plate. mostly this book thing–writing and editing it were relatively solitary endeavors, publicizing it and sending my info into cyberspace, having my family of origin read the manuscript, receiving and posting reviews, etc. and keeping on chasing the media is all very stressful. It’s not stressful at my day job as a publicist, but as a publicist who is also a writer and represents herself as a client, well that became too much for me.
So, a little glitch lasting a few days, a week at the most where I was feeling very uncomfortable because I could feel –and I also new intellectually–that I was heading for a manic or mixed episode if I didn’t take action immediately. I got tons of support from my girlfriends and from my sister. My gf and I made a plan, which we’ve never even had to think about before. I feel good that I’ve got a concrete plan in place in case I do become severely manic (or depressed), but also quite annoyed that I even have to think in terms if “having a plan.”
All is well now, and I expect it to remain that way–indefinitely…