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Mania, Energy and the Natural World

Mania and depression are two opposite mood extremes that are associated with Bipolar Disorder. If you look into nature we have many examples of such distinct extremes to help us break down the problem and understand what is going on.

First understand that Mania is typically understood to be an extreme, abnormal and unhealthy rise in energy levels where the sufferer is going towards the “high” end of the mood spectrum. Perceived as pleasant and positive by the patient but in reality is negative and harmful.

There are many examples of a negative rise in energy levels we see in the world. Epileptic fits are a rise in uncontrollable energy expression (how amazing that anti-epileptics are also used for Bipolar Disorder).

If your child is having a tantrum, do you let them continue or do you stop them? Guess what, you are supposed to be careful stopping epileptic fits too…think about that.

What about anger? comes out like the steam of a kettle that doesn’t want to be bottled up….

What about when you answer the call of nature…what goes in, must come out….

Bringing it back to the topic of Mania. Understand that we are creatures of input and output. What we perceive and consume goes into us. If you experience a bad memory, it’s now a part of you. If someone hurts you, it’s now a part of you. If these two negative psychological injuries fuse within you then they aren’t being processed and excreted which is comparable to not being able to relieve yourself after eating or drinking…

Mania has three categories or stages that may be experienced when I last checked online. Hypomania (mild stage, not always a problem), Acute mania (Stage II, problematic with loss of impulse control, sometimes not connected to reality and can have psychosis), Delirious mania (Stage III, this person has gone extreme and needs to be hospitalized. They are a danger to themselves and others).

Understand that our emotional expressions/moods are within a continuum (a continuous sequence with the opposite extremes being very different). Like the weather (extremely cold, cold, slightly cold, warm, slightly hot, hot, extremely hot etc).

Observe an adult arguing with someone or a coffee lover who’s had too much caffeine. Generally when moods become negative and similar in nature, they can be described with similar terminology. Angry people jump from topic to topic just as manic people do. Angry people have pressured speech and speak quickly just as manic people do. Angry people can become dangerous just as manic people can.

Neutralizing extreme moods isn’t limited to the science of chemistry. Chemistry is useful in certain cases though. But to isolate Bipolar symptoms to an issue of chemicals alone is problematic. Pills are physical objects but Psychiatrists also tell their patients to apply Non-physical health principles to avoid triggering episodes such as a healthy sleep wake routine, a healthy diet, good family and social relations and avoiding stress. Every case is unique.

Next time you see a child having a tantrum or an adult having a heated argument, you are somewhat observing a type of manic episode.

The point of this post was to open the mind and present examples from nature to give a taste of the anatomy of manic episodes and how they are neutralized.