Dating someone bipolar roller coaster

To meet the clinical definition, there must be 4 episodes in a year.

But some individuals can experience multiple mood shifts in the same day (for a visual depiction of this, check out the graphs in this article).

My cycles could change on a weekly or monthly basis.

Sometimes I feel ahead of the game and my meds are on track, other times it’s a guessing game and I can’t keep up.

The depression of knowing you’ll fall, and the happiness when you’re climbing up, the anxiety when you realize you’re going to start falling again any moment.

Lyndsay: It feels painful (mentally and physically), stressful, scary, and dramatic. During my manic episode, I spend a lot, I can’t feel any emotions, I shut people out, I’m impulsive, and I’m mean.

The doctors I’ve seen said this might just be my new “normal”.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar type 1 over 13 years ago, when I was 18, but it wasn’t until a few years later they determined it was rapid cycling.

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You are sad one minute, hyper the next, giddy, and then back to sad, teary, and wanting to hide.It’s been suggested that I had child onset bipolar, but since they didn’t think that was possible at the time they just called it ADHD.So honestly, I don’t remember a time in my life when I was “normal”.I think my rapid cycling will change again and again, depending on what is going on with my life.Lauren: My rapid cycling varies- in the summer I get longer but more frequent lows, and in the winter I get higher and more frequent highs.

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