Wall Out Prevention…
I am a person that is outside of the norm. In my mind’s eye, I see everything as possible to achieve. This outlook has caused me to become manic on three different occasions due to my mind speeding up to accomplish the impossible. The impossible being the outcome of survival.
This is very unhealthy due to the body’s metabolic systems start to shut down making it possible for stress to kill. The flight or fight response takes over. Peristalic ability comes to a stand still and must take laxatives. I have to concentrate very hard to even urinate. Three times I have totally stopped urinating and catheterization intervened on my behalf. My mind spins so fast that sleep evades me. I eat more calories , more often to keep nutrionally sound. Do stress relieve things over and over to survive the stress of my mind doing the impossible. Talk non-stop to clear my brain of all thoughts so my body can catch up. If no one hears me, my thoughts go even faster until it is harder for me to understand them. Anyone that has ever talked in word salad might possibly relate.
One thing that helps when my mind is spinning out of control is the medication, trileptal. It is an anticonvulsant that slows down the sodium ions at the synapse. It actually blocks some of the sodium ions. This in return slows down the thought process to alow the body catch up to the mind. One major side effect of trileptal is hyponatremia . Where my psychiatrist told me simply to increase salt intake.
The downside of trileptal is that according to how much your mind is reeling is proporionate to how much of the medicine is taken for therapuetic effect. You could sleep for days if you are not manic enough to take the amount prescribed. Also, not many psychiatrist prescribe or manage this medication . The psychiatrist that prescribed it to me was only an inpatient doctor. He does not see patients unless hospitalization occurs. That doctor told me the medication is manageable logically to the hypomania, decreasing as you slow down. He said also to stay away from my mother, the trigger, as much as possible. Which was impossible back then due to her having custody of my son. My mind continued to do the impossible to survive.
Anyway, this is one reason why bi-polar manic patients get off of their meds and wall out and act like lunatics. Could someone invent the profession medication manager? And become specific to what medicine they manage? Be listed in the yellow pages, trileptal management for mania. That would help to prevent me from becoming manic to the 3rd degree. In which, psychotic episodes and hallucinations are included. At a time when the trigger to my mania was tracking me down like a blood hound, my mania increased just trying to get away from her.