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.