This is my mood graph, based on my journal entries for NaBloPoMo. It includes two relapses, and a “verging-on-manic” episode. This has got to be rapid cycling, surely?
“Mania is a period of abnormally elevated mood, usually accompanied by erratic behavior lasting at least seven days at a time. Hypomania is an elevated mood not reaching full-on mania. The usual duration is four to seven days. A few people with rapid cycling bipolar disorder alternate between periods of hypomania and major depressive disorder. Far more commonly, though, depression dominates the picture. Repeated periods of depression are punctuated by infrequent, shorter periods of elevated mood.”
We can see that depression is “dominating” the picture, and these episodes are punctuated by shorter periods of elevated mood. What’s more concerning to me is the frequency of which I feel indifferent/nothing/just okay (the middle line of the graph). Why is this happening? It must be my medication. But I’m supposed to be happy, not sad :(