Peter’s Story – Part 8

The nature of Mania is very cruel. The person who is experiencing it is unaware of their new, reckless self. Some of the symptoms include, feelings of elation and joy for no real reason, decreased need for sleep, and becoming involved in risky, impulsive behavior. The latter being the most serious. Things such as shopping sprees, gambling with funds you may not have and sexual indiscretions, are but a few examples.

It’s particularly difficult at this stage, both for the person with the illness and for those that are trying to support him/her. Mania is such an all consuming state, so much so, that when you are in it, you feel so good. However, people around you know that you are unwell. What you are doing and experiencing is not something that you’d do when you are well. Peter found himself in this position, arguing with his wife and children, as they tried to prevent what they knew was inevitable and what Peter thought was too good to stop.

Peter continued on his Manic way. Life became difficult for him and his family. By this stage, arguments were becoming more frequent, and relationships were becoming tenuous. He also was experiencing difficulty managing at work in the Pharmacy. He became very irritable and developed a demeanor that made working together with his staff, problematic. Just when things looked like they couldn’t get worse, they did.

By this stage, Peter was firmly gripped by Mania. His energy levels were endless. Sleep was becoming less necessary, he was spending too much money, he had a “flight of ideas”, matched by being overly talkative. His confidence level was sky high and his behavior was becoming reckless due to a loss of inhibitions.

It was at this stage of Peter’s life that he made an impulsive decision that had the potential to seriously affect the rest of his life.

Despite Peter thinking he was making a sensible decision, his family and friends knew he wasn’t. This was not the Peter that everyone knew.

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