Am I Rapid Cycling? HELP HELP HELP

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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Okay, right at this current moment I am into this Music thing, I will listen to 3 or 4 super deressing songs, then I go to listening to Happy, fun, songs that make me want to dance. Is this rapid cycling? I am so confused on what Rapid Cycling is. At this exact second I just want to rush through everything, then I want to listen to depressing old songs so I can linger in to my past, wishing things were different. Missing an old high school love, I just can't let go of.

What is wrong with me....Help!


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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For me rapid cycling looks like 3 - 7 days hypomanic, followed by 4 - 90 days of severe depression. 

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   Posted 1/11/2010 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
The official definition of bipolar rapid cycling: "Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is diagnosed after four episodes of depression, mania, or hypomania occur within one year."

What you're describing sounds more like hypomania. You're unable to concentrate and your moods are unstable. You may be beginning to have a mixed episode, which is where you suffer from hypomania or mania as well as depression at the same time. Good times.

If it's more than just your taste in music, ie. you're having racing thoughts, irritability, etc., you should definitely contact your doctor if this keeps up.

Good luck.
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