Our expert says:
Part of being manic is being emotionally unstable, and so a manic episode may not be exclusively merriment and hyperactivity. It can include what is more technically called "emotional lability". And there's increased vulnerability, of course.
And, perhaps oddly, some of the scientific research into the nature of bipolar disorder chemically, and some of the rationale for the important drugs which serve as mood stabilizers, happens to be about permeability of membranes, and controlling just this.
I wonder about the value of already depressed people watching a long documentary about depression. If it provides usable information about the nature of depression and its treatment, that's fine, but where it dramatizes the experience --- that can be valuable in showing the non-depressed, non-polar people what it can be like, but it's hardly necessaery to convince people with personal experience, of what it is like --- they know that far too well.
Call your pdoc in the morning. ANd though I am only answering this the following morning, what might be worth trying at such a late night session would be NOT pacing and worying about how to sleep, but using the energy --- try tidying the pots and pans in the kitchen, alphabetizing your bookshelves. Filing the cat. That sort of thing. Until you feel drowsy
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