“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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
It’s incredibly exhausting to be happy all the time. People just don’t get it, and that means you end up in a state of performance for a good portion of your life. All the world’s a stage, and we are merely players. I get that. I get that a lot. I look back and recall […]
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 […]
a homeless person called 911 & reported the client was “5150” He took the word of the guy he labeled a “transient” “homeless person” over mine taking me while leaving the “homeless person” in my unlocked home… Read along as I explain what happened the summer of 2011… July 9, 2011 I’m taken in handcuffs, held and […]
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.
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 […]