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Is it bipolar/ cyclothymia or just normal?

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mary belz

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Hi, i'm new here...I wanted to know about my condition. I've been an A+ grade student my whole life. Here are some symptoms that disturb me.
I have been struggling with these three problems in an episodic manner since last year:
Concentration level
Interest level in activities
Energy level
I'm not so clear about my mood patterns but yeah I've consciously experienced elated moods at the starting of my current semester, was really organized really social(which i am actually not!) self confident, multitasking (don't know if it was mania/ hypomania or i was really just HAPPY)..but now that i have exams I am a wreck (i even thought of quitting studies in one of my previous episodes 6 months ago)...don't at all want to study, can't listen to lectures anymore but I'm not sad or depressed nor that excited or elated... I'm almost the same in my social circles....can i be helped with these symptoms...
 
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The main way to help yourself at the moment would be to ensure your lifestyle is healthy and in balance and track your mood cycles, menstrual cycles, stress levels and sleep. Cut out as much sugar and caffeine as possible. If your mood is dropping, look at alcohol use too. It is possible to manage without medication and prevent the problem from worsening i think, but many would think early use of medication important.

Cyclothymia is a very clear, precise and rigid cycle that is easily recognisable to you and everyone around you. Bp is also very obvious, especially depression, when it would completely interfere with your life so that you had no choice but to seek help.
 
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thank you so much for taking time to read and reply....I would just like to ask you..would you give this situation a name? do these mood swings fall within the normal mood swings category?

The main way to help yourself at the moment would be to ensure your lifestyle is healthy and in balance and track your mood cycles, menstrual cycles, stress levels and sleep. Cut out as much sugar and caffeine as possible. If your mood is dropping, look at alcohol use too. It is possible to manage without medication and prevent the problem from worsening i think, but many would think early use of medication important.

Cyclothymia is a very clear, precise and rigid cycle that is easily recognisable to you and everyone around you. Bp is also very obvious, especially depression, when it would completely interfere with your life so that you had no choice but to seek help.

thank you so much for taking time to read and reply....I would just like to ask you..would you give this situation a name? do these mood swings fall within the normal mood swings category?
and yeah just to add..it all started with a major depression last year and I've experienced highs and lows but not just clear about current situation coz i feel normal right now, like yeah it's me...
 
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Some very intelligently written memoirs of depression describe times of elation that may or may not be related to SSRI use. There are so many theories but in terms of a diagnosis, i don't know. There are American psychiatrists talking about Bipolar beneficial, which means the manias are productive and help the individual excel in life. Those memoirs though, the person is often intelligent and so they work hard then burn themselves out. The road to recovery from a major depression is bumpy and there will be good days, unbearable days and days where we feel elated.

The menstrual cycle is so involved in bp as are seasons, food you eat and your life in general. Stress though is the major factor and much has been written about how it can cause/trigger/continue symptoms. Myself, when an exam is coming up, my brain jars from the stress and i become unable to do anything. It is either that or i my mood will elevate and i will finish up doing an exam not very well or excellently sometimes.

Everybody has their base mood i believe. There are personality types and i think were four. I think they were call humours but you will have to look that up. There was one category or type where the individuals cycle up and down and i think this is what Cyclothymia is. Somewhere along the line Cyclothymia can worsen.

I also may have this wrong but stress can also lead you toward psychosis and we know that childbirth can too, which is hormone related. It all really is more complicated than anybody currently knows.

Diagnosis for you is not easy to say and i think a psychiatrist would find it difficult too. It is down to you to keep a record of what you are feeling and if you think you need something for anxiety, insomnia, depression, restlessness, then you should ask the psychiatrist for that, but try everything else first.

I don't think there is a yes/no for bp, i think it is a slippery slope towards needing medication that will slide you further into diabetes type 2, obesity, organ damage, insomnia, sedation, loss of life quality, probably. On the other hand, everything could get worse without medication too.

Can you take a break from your education? Don't push yourself too hard. Some people take a year or two off from excess of any kind although in those memoirs of depression, they took medication. It was interesting for me to read that this one patient had major depression and also manic days and yet his diagnosis was still major depression and he continued with the SSRI's. Some people with bp do take SSRI's alone also.
 
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mary belz

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Thank you

Some very intelligently written memoirs of depression describe times of elation that may or may not be related to SSRI use. There are so many theories but in terms of a diagnosis, i don't know. There are American psychiatrists talking about Bipolar beneficial, which means the manias are productive and help the individual excel in life. Those memoirs though, the person is often intelligent and so they work hard then burn themselves out. The road to recovery from a major depression is bumpy and there will be good days, unbearable days and days where we feel elated.

The menstrual cycle is so involved in bp as are seasons, food you eat and your life in general. Stress though is the major factor and much has been written about how it can cause/trigger/continue symptoms. Myself, when an exam is coming up, my brain jars from the stress and i become unable to do anything. It is either that or i my mood will elevate and i will finish up doing an exam not very well or excellently sometimes.

Everybody has their base mood i believe. There are personality types and i think were four. I think they were call humours but you will have to look that up. There was one category or type where the individuals cycle up and down and i think this is what Cyclothymia is. Somewhere along the line Cyclothymia can worsen.

I also may have this wrong but stress can also lead you toward psychosis and we know that childbirth can too, which is hormone related. It all really is more complicated than anybody currently knows.

Diagnosis for you is not easy to say and i think a psychiatrist would find it difficult too. It is down to you to keep a record of what you are feeling and if you think you need something for anxiety, insomnia, depression, restlessness, then you should ask the psychiatrist for that, but try everything else first.

I don't think there is a yes/no for bp, i think it is a slippery slope towards needing medication that will slide you further into diabetes type 2, obesity, organ damage, insomnia, sedation, loss of life quality, probably. On the other hand, everything could get worse without medication too.

Can you take a break from your education? Don't push yourself too hard. Some people take a year or two off from excess of any kind although in those memoirs of depression, they took medication. It was interesting for me to read that this one patient had major depression and also manic days and yet his diagnosis was still major depression and he continued with the SSRI's. Some people with bp do take SSRI's alone also.
Thank you for being so considerate and no I don't use any sort of drugs, alcohol or any abusive substance and my major depression was the one stage which I believe triggered all this later on so yeah I'll definitely make a good use of your advice :)
 
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