When my BF is manic he experiences anger and irritation.He doesnt shout very often as he holds it all in and just tends to be distant and contained. I dont ever really see euphoria etc. I have been getting it all wrong and thought that at these times he was depressed. He is unmedicated and tells me that he has not had an "even" day in over two years. This may sound dumb but how the hell do i recognise the difference in his mood. He told me he was depressed for the past three months but then i found out about him getting ready to cheat on me (bought another phone, registered on line etc) and he starts telling me its the impulses when his manic that made him do it. The only real indication i can see is sometimes he says things that are fairly grandiose but i may not pick up on those things if i wasnt looking for them, in the past i have just thought he can be a bit arrogant sometimes. The books say it helps if you can see the signs of mood change and discuss them with your partner but i cant do that right now.
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