“What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments?…” I once met a physics teacher who immediately recognized me as the main character in the play he was nearly finished writing. “Absolutely EVERYTHING I remember is real. Lithium just added […]
Validated Criteria for Clinician-Rated Trait Hyperthymia. Primary Psychology (2004) Hyperthymia is characterized by four or more of the following attributes, which are not episode-bound, and constitute part of the habitual long-term functioning of the individual Upbeat and exuberant Articulate and jocular Over-optimistic and carefree Over-confident and boastful High energy level, full of plans and improvident activities Versatile, […]
It was the use and consequential paradoxical effects of Clonazepam—suffering from drug induced episodes of hypomania—which lead to the discovery that I am what they call “a hyperthymic temperament”. While it is true that patients who experience hypomania as a side effect of Clonazepam may prove to have a form of bipolar disorder that has previously gone unrecognized, drug-induced […]
Link: The Concept of Hyperthymia (2002, pre-DSM) The article reviews the conceptual history of “hyperthymia”.
Link: Hyperthymic Personality Now, the better question would be, what if there is no depression? Can people just have mild mania? And the answer to that is at one level it appears that God or nature or Darwin or whoever evolved our brains or created our brains did it in such a way that it […]
LAURA SULLIVAN, host: Ready for a pop quiz? Which of these influential leaders was mentally ill?
Our ideas about genius, madness, and the existence of a close relationship between them are modern inventions. For millennia people explained the world about them—especially creative/good and destructive/bad behaviors—in spiritual or god terms. In the biblical view, creativity is the prerogative of a single supreme Creator. The Scripture attributes the miracle of life to a […]
“Intense creative episodes are, in many instances, indistinguishable from hypomania” — Kay Jamison Besides the birth control pill, I’d only ever had two prescriptions, but those two were the dyna-combo to do me in—I suffered paradoxical effects from Clonazepam, and Ambien was no joke. It took me until 2011 to make the connection. Clonazepam induced hypomania, […]
I accidentally left my diary on the internet. pic.twitter.com/GJNAuhKpFi — Angela Marié Glass (@Ang) December 8, 2015 Are You There God? It’s Me, Gidget. “Nobody knows I’m a real person — they think “Gidget” is Sandra Dee or Sally Field.”—Kathy Kohner Zuckerman @Ori would remember the night I walked and told him of all the creepy sites […]
“Blogging” since 1996, www.spunkygidget.com since 2000. Define: SpunkyGidget spirited; plucky, having or showing courage or spirit in trying circumstances, senses & feels far more than can understand or put into words… Known as Spunky Gidget since I was a teenager, I am a goofball who descends from generations of clowns on the noble side of […]
I was talking with my momma this morning about orthomolecular medicine, and all the work she’s done to help people achieve better health over the years. Most often when I’m thinking about my momma in this regard, I think of how it is that she’s responsible for bringing life to families struggling to have children. […]
Found eHealthMe—”FDA and Social Media personalized”—with a report on Clonazepam and Hypomania. “22,881 people reported to have side effects when taking Clonazepam. Among them, 48 people (0.21%) have Hypomania.” See: Clonazepam Side Effects: Hypomania, a study from 48 people by eHealthMe.com Hypomania (literally, below mania) is a mood state characterized by persistent and pervasive elevated […]
Dad’s statement of events July 10th & 14th Dad begins with July 10th, as I call him and let him know something strange has happened, but not to worry, I’m fine… I told him I’d explain more whatever it was that had happened after I’d have a few weeks to “come down” from all the drugs […]
Trying to capture all my thoughts is exhausting but seems necessary in my creative process. The connections I see forming, as I let my thoughts go rather than trying to focus them, are astounding.
“If you’re manic, you think you’re Jesus. If you’re hypomanic, you think you are God’s gift to technology investing.” —John D. Gartner, The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America Nearly all conversations about contemporary hypomanics start with the Steve Jobs of Apple, pitchman extraordinaire with a […]
From: Angela M. Baxley Date: May 18, 2011 1:19:46 AM EDT To: BAY Subject: Diagnosis! I have a diagnosis: hyperthymic temperament with [drug induced episodes of] hypomania. Talked to a doctor today (see below). We talked for a little more than an hour, over the phone. He ruled out epilepsy (if a concern, past as […]