More than one friend has asked if I think I might have bipolar rather than unipolar Depression. Because sometimes I am frantically and furiously in motion, engaged in one project after another. And sometimes I fall asleep at 4:30 and can't seem to do anything.
Admittedly on paper this does sound kind of multi-polar. But I don't have manic episodes. Not really.
I didn't know there was something called "soft bipolar disorder" or Bipolar type II that behaves differently from classic Bipolar Disorder (type I) and is ticklishly difficult to diagnose.
Instead of periods of mania, BPD II has what they call "hypomania." It's like mania-lite. Mania without the psychosis. Lack of psychosis sounds good, but in general I would prefer to stay on the unipolar side of things.
However, good to keep this idea in my back pocket if changes in medication prove insufficient.
Here is a list of hypomanic symptoms taken from the DSM-IV-TR
I don't think these are a good fit for me mostly. But apparently Bipolar II is more commonly in the depressed phase. I like the idea better that some are floating that bipolar disorder and Depression are on a continuum. Isn't everything on a continuum? Or a spectrum?
Today I made strawberry rhubarb jam. Tomorrow: pickles
Grateful Crap: unipolarity
tea with a friend
used watch to time 15 minute cleaning segments (not that I did much cleaning today)
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