The fact that you have energy for a few days and then crash maybe the reason your Dr. diagnosed you as BPII. If it were just depression, then you wouldn't have the highs, it would just be lows and normals.
If you do have BPII, then you do not want to be on SSRIs alone for that makes your up and downs worse and more frequent (I cannot take any SSRIs I don't react well to then been on 2 so far).
People thing as BP as manic only disorder. There are different degrees of mania. There is Mania, Hypomania, Cyclothymia (milder form or hypomania), Mixed state, Rapid cycling, then there are depressive episodes.
In your diagnisis of BPII, you probably experience a few days of high production, with ideas flowing and accomplicing things you've wanted to do for a while (lasts up to 4 days). Or just new things that come to you, which is only followed by a loss of energy, ideas just slipping away, not wanting to move and even a sense of depression, which is usually shortlived. It's not like the usualy depression which lingers for months if not years. Then you are somewhat back to normal again and wonder how you got there in the 1st place.
Please let me know if I am wrong about all of this.
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 6/21/2007 12:36:37 AM (GMT-6)