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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 -

Which means the problem is me...

On Non linear life

"The worker is not the problem. The problem is at the top! Management!" - W.Edwards Deming

I blogged weeks ago about subbing for my manager who was on leave. Here is my update -

I suck at it.

Here is why I think that. I mentioned how I felt one step behind back then. I got better, but in the wrong area. I equated the issue to tasks for task sake. What I needed to do was to have a better handle on the path my team was on and how to keep painting the picture for them. I did some of this, but I realize I needed to do more.

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