I feel "good" and "in focus" on the good days. Someone on the Depression forum has a good point that after the good day, I have just run out of energy. The good day just took it all and I have to use a couple days recovering.
I'm just not used to that. I have always been able to push to the extreme.
My husband is Bipolor, he was diagnosed in the military and medically discharged. I have a hard time figuring out when he is going through cycles since he goes through them so fast. Something aout "rapid cycle BP"
I just have no idea what it's like on the inside. If what I am feeling might be BP instead of depression.
You could be a 'rapid' cycler, but you can also be 'bipolar II" which is a lot milder than 'Bipolar I'. But you do not want to ahead of the doctor and self-diagnose yourself.
I have a lot of mixed-states (Bipolar I), and from what you describe of your symptoms being a few days. I would have to say it might be something else. My mixed-states last longer than a week, probably more like a few weeks. It is usually a state of mania and depression all mixed up in the mix.
Rapid cycling, is if you have your symptoms 4+ times a year. A few good days, ending in a crash that is a few days long too. This is the hardest form of bipolar to treat.
Bipolar II/Hypomania is when symptoms are milder than Bipolar I, but should not be ignored none the less. It usually lasts less than a week of hypomania and can follow/or not have another week of so of depression.
I hope you the best on your diagnosis. Please do not feel too discouraged, and know we are here for you when you need to talk.
@~ Olivia"Don't let your yesterday, ruin your today"
Note: Hypomanic-like episodes that are clearly caused by somatic antidepressant treatment (e.g., medication, electroconvulsive therapy, light therapy) should not count toward a diagnosis of Bipolar II Disorder.