I'm also focusing on preparing ahead for high/low functioning days, with homemade (and some purchased) freezer meals.
I'm not bipolar, but I'm on disability for an assortment of health issues. My autoimmune issues, fibromyalgia, IBS, and PMDD flare sporadically creating up/down, functional/nonfunctional patterns that are a bit like bipolar phases. When I feel lousy, I do not want to cook and crave comfort food (especially when dealing with severe menstrual cramps or fibro fog - when it can actually be dangerous for me to cook). And when I feel decent, I want to cram in every chore, task, or entertainment that I've missed during flare down time.
Occasionally I have truly irrational (and scary) manic episodes, but mostly only right before or between severe storms. For some reason, I will suddenly feel superhuman, but it will last only 30 to 90 minutes, followed by a severe crash when the storm hits.
If I suddenly feel amazing or feel suddenly crappy, hubby will immediately check the weather channel.
Normally though my ups and downs aren't that extreme. I've also learned (the hard way) that the superhero feeling is an illusion, but every once in a while I will hurt myself trying to do more than I should because I tempoarily felt invinceable).
Last edited by kaplods; 08-13-2013 at 11:21 AM.