Well, when I hit puberty it all started. I wanted to lose weight and be smart. Simple, right? I went gun ho with the goal orientation thing, which is stimulated by hypomania. In fact, I still do. It started when I was 13 and weighed in at 205 lbs., and that summer, through vigorous diet and exercise, lost 30 lbs. Also, I read 200 novels, my reading average went from a 3rd grade level to college; 3 months! After that my schedule had to change so things went back to normal. My diet had changed, but the exercise was moderate and the reading went down to a novel a week. I wanted to be focused on school and without the continuous effort or feeling of elation because I accomplished something, I didn't try as hard. Also, positive stimuli, if you’re bipolar II, you respond to it like crack, not kidding! It makes me try harder, and focus. Anyways, things went on, and I became top of my class, graduated with an Associates degree before high school, by 2 weeks at the ripe old age of 17. I continued to lose the weight; I was 135 lbs by graduation. I had a huge depression that lasted maybe a year, year and a half, but I eventually found my calling and graduated at 21 with 200 hours. I had a job 1 month after graduation (Nutrition) and I am now, a slim and happy 4. It goes in waves the hypomania and my success, or what is success for me... Hope, this helps a little without being too detailed.
As Olivia said, welcome to the HW Forum. You have made some amazing strides and have accomplished alot already. You should be very proud of yourself for having done that. You had to overcome some big obstacles and you did it, through some very hard work. I'm very happy for you and all of your successes; I hope they continue for you.
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