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An Introduction to Cyclothymia

What's cyclothymia? It's a mild form of the docs used to call "manic-depression," but which they re-name periodically. Cyclothymics can actually function decently well, and as such often don't know they've got it. If you cycle through highs and lows, are particularly artistic, or that describes someone you love, then read this post in full and please comment with your own experience. I'm still learning, myself.


Knowing the term "Cyclothymia" would have been very helpful to me a few years ago. This essay is plain English and, if I've done a good job, might help people who associate with a cyclothymic relate better to them, and might help a cyclothymic manage themselves better and produce better.

I'm against the "medical-ization" of life. We need medical terms, but we need to be able to explain things in plain English without labeling. Labeling, by definition, drastically simplifies.

Cyclothymia is simple at its roots, simple enough for a plain discussion without medicalization. Here's how it works for me -

What's your personality type?

On Alan's Journey

I'm curious about what your personality type is, in accordance with the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality profiles. If you're curious too, then fill out this quiz so that you can see what your type is, and let me know in the comments below.


I'm an INTP

My own type is INTP. It means I'm Introverted, iNtuitive, Thoughtful and Perceptive. I'm going to copy the most interesting parts of its description and talk about it.

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