View Full Version : Preventing the next episode

05-20-14, 12:00 PM
My mood swings are getting slightly worse again. For the past few days, especially yesterday and today, I have also been quite irritable again..for absolutely no reason or rather for no good reason. For instance, today morning I got stuck in a traffic jam. It was just for 5 mins but I felt really annoyed and violent and started swearing and hitting the side of my car. I'm quite restless as well, even more so than usually.

It reminds me of the episode I had beginning of this year and I really, really don't want to go back there. There is no trigger now, not even stress, so I'm worried that I'm slipping into a mixed episode or maybe just good old depression.

if that's the case, is there anything I can do to avoid it? I think, I need a proper routine, adequate amount of sleep, regular exercise, regular-healthy meals, structured leisure (as opposed to whiling away time), etc. I haven't been doing any of that. I even stopped a few weeks ago taking my omega 3 supps. I also really need to be more productive at work because the constant procrastination is depressing and annoying me. I'm really struggling to implement anything right now but maybe the fear of having another episode (whatever it is/was) will provide enough motivation.

I don't think, I will be able to see my psychiatrist anytime soon. I'm supposed to see him every month but I have been unsuccessfully trying to make an appointment for the last 4 months now.

05-20-14, 12:14 PM

So sorry to hear that you are feeling this way! Your list of things to do sounds exactly right, so please do make all efforts to follow through with that. Here's hoping that you can ward off trouble by returning to prudent choices now.

Be super careful about the omegas and staying hydrated and sleep. You need those things for themselves, but they also help with everything else. If you can do what's right in those ways, the rest gets easier to manage.

05-20-14, 03:28 PM
Reading your post, it just reminded me that I haven't worked out in at least a week, and my sleep and eating have been soooooo erratic and terrible, as well as my moods.

So I guess I can say, don't neglect working out. As it may be a gateway to our moods to spin out of control. At least that's my experience.

Warm hugs, my fuzzy friend.

05-21-14, 06:34 AM
Thanks guys. I'm actually doing well. Today I'm feeling really good again. I just want to prevent if I can any future episode and for that I think I need to have (and follow :rolleyes:) a plan and implement a healthy routine NOW when I'm not depressed or stressed and can think about these things. I know that if I don't do anything at all I will sooner or later slip back into depression or worse, horror of horrors, a mixed episode.

Apparently, for BP, sleep and exercise are really important and I've noticed that if I'm physically not feeling well I get really cranky, tired and annoyed.

I'm also trying to implement a "going to lunch with my colleagues" routine though it's boring because when my mood drops the first thing I do is to isolate myself though even when I'm depressed a bit of social interaction usually does cheer me up.

And the third thing is that I need something apart from work. Something to look forward to because in the absence of that I get depressed and frustrated as well.

So areas to work on:

1. Health -> sleep, exercise, nutrition
2. Socialising
3. Regular hobbies
4. Stay in contact with my family (..just because I have to :rolleyes:, well the guilt of not doing that isn't good for me either).
5. Be more supportive of my husband (again, not really related except that when my husband isn't happy I can't really be happy either...)