Rapid Cycling

I have touched on this under Mixed State, although it has slightly different components. One definition of rapid cycling is four or more depressed or manic episodes per year. I think to a lesser degree I can rapid cycle on a weekly basis (sometimes even daily). According to www.aboutbi-polar.com the term ‘’ultra-rapid cycling’’ may be…

Routine

I now understand that the best way for me to stay healthy is to stick to a rather rigid routine. Wake up and get up at the same time each day and go to sleep at the same time each night. Eat regular meals at the same time each day. For example I can relapse…

Relapse

Unfortunately relapses can occur and, statistically, are pretty high. The key (and believe me it has taken years of trial and error to get to this point) is to allow it. Don’t resist it. The more you resist and fight it, the worse it becomes, so it can spiral out of control. Whether it is…

Resentment

Maybe alternative words could be jealousy or envy. However, I have to admit that on hearing good news, sometimes there is an unpleasant sensation that I can only attribute to a feeling of resentment. Certainly when things are not going well for me, then other people’s good news can stick in the craw. It is…

Relief

I am referring to the relief at having finally had a diagnosis after so many years of inappropriate, inconsiderate, wild, reckless and overall manic behaviour. This is particularly important for family members who simply do not know what the hell is going on and cannot possibly understand it. Depression is well known and understood. BiPolar…