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Rapid cycling

Lately I’ve been having mood swings that are larger than usual. They are quicker as well. I have a personal mood scale from -3 to +3, with “normal” range (for me) being between -1 and +1. Even within that normal range, I don’t typically move from the top to the bottom or vice versa without spending a fair amount of time in the middle (I’m speaking of hours here).

The past week or so the range has been wider. I have been hypomanic, up to about a +2, and depressed down to -2 within a 24 hour period. This doesn’t happen every day (thank you Lord!). Also, I think the depression is largely situational (death of my cat), because before that I was fairly solid hypomanic for a few days.

I was researching bipolar disorder on eMedicine and found out that rapid cycling increases with age — just peachy, eh? I think after awhile one tends toward mixed episodes rather than discrete mania or depression.

On the other hand, perhaps I am simply more sensitive to the symptoms, due to increased insight into the hidden workings of my mind.

All "Mixed" Up

This is your brain on a mixed episode.


September 30, 2008 at 7:31 am 1 comment

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