I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (type 1) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am currently hypomanic – if you look at some videos over the past few days, you may see my mood is obviously elevated. I also talk faster (pressure of speech).
I describe how mania vs depression feel like for me with a metaphor of a wave.
I read out some affirming words, many of which other people have described me. The pain is also there but it is not what you first see with me.