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Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX your answer. I had an all-round physical health check done beginning of last December. My thyroid is fine, but I have Vit. B12 deficiency. Since then I'm taking B12 in capsules that get absorbed in the intestines and not in the stomach. But taking the capsules all Dec. didn't improve my mood. I don't remember ever having a manic or hypomanic phase. Could a hypomanic phase be so subtle that I didn't notice it? How can I compare my mood in the non-depressed phases to a normal person's mood? I can't read peoples' mind. I do an hour of yoga almost every day and also meditation at least half an hour a day. But that still doesn't take away the tension. Yoga helped improve my mood, but it wasn't enough. I'll try the muscle relaxation and doing smth mindless for half an hour a day. I do deep breathing as part of the yoga practice. Thanks again so much!
Thank you for your answer. I'm trying to reduce stress and relax. In your experience, how long does it take after a mental breakdown and after starting treatment, to work normal hours again? How much time do I need to adjust to a normal daily routine again? At the moment, I feel I need more sleep and more rest during the day. How many hours of sleep would you recommend?