Hypomania Revisited

I was on the phone with my sister, a very intelligent gal, and we discussed the research of Jill Bolte Taylor and her book My Stroke of Insight.  We talked about how Jill discussed the behaviour of her Right Brain during a stroke.  A sense of euphoric oneness.

After talking about Jill Bolt Taylor’s work I began to think about Hypomania and Mania and it’s characteristics.  Depression, Stability, Hypomania and Mania are not discrete but appear to be on some form of continuum.  Hypomania and Mania have all the traits Jill Bolte Taylor talks about but something more.  What if the right and left brain were both working overtime.  The experience would be Jill Bolte Taylor’s right brain heightened euphoria plus left brain heightened paranoia amplified based on the stressors affecting the mind.

Right brain ignores boundaries and Left brain observes boundaries.  The Right Brain discounts the boundary crossed while the left brain accounts the boundary crossed.  Therefore, the individual increases the jilt while also increasing the guilt.  Both phenomena are at work at the same time.  Both phenomena feed the other and result in the “irritability” associated with hypomania and mania.

When the hypomania/mania are treated, the individual often experiences a descent into depression.  Again the Right Brain and Left Brain play a role.  The Right Brain experiences a great reluctance to cross boundaries and the Left Hemisphere recounts the boundaries crossed.  The bipolar individual isolates and memories of mistakes torture.

Thinking about Right Brain and Left Brain led me to think about a two dimensional inclination.  At what point is the Right Brain and at what point is the Left Brain.  This indicates in a different way the state of mind of the individual.  Of course, alone it is an over simplification, but it may be another tool.  The two points can move vertically.  The line can be above or below the central median and can also tilt left or right to provide for additional variations.

I offer it primarily as food for thought that departs from the linear bipolar scale.