Re: Notes on your spins
I guess different people's hypomania goes differently. For me it's a phase of maybe a week, week-and-a-half of elevated mood, productive energy, decreased need for food and sleep, sharp focus and concentration, et ceteta. A few days in it can be scary as you can wonder how far it's going to go, but then you mellow out for the next week going with it and wishing you could be this way all the time, as it's so easy to feel that way when you're feeling that way. (Unfortunately sometimes bosses wish it were permanent, too, and can hold it against you.)
I haven't had any depression since going on Wellbutrin a few years ago. Without my mood stabilizers (lithium and Lamictal) I would probably go full-blown manic. I've been hospitalized for that. It sucks.
But anyway I just get that way sometimes, and it's basically harmless. I don't really worry with it anymore.