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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 -

Robert Shultz Interview

On Ludic Ubiquity

Coding since he was eight years old, Robert Shultz is a programmer and game developer with over twenty years of experience. After working at Adelphia and Black Duck Software, he is now self-employed and working on personal projects. His biggest success is World of Solitaire, a solitaire site released in 2007 that is playable within the browser. It has over forty variants of solitaire and over 1.5 million monthly visits. He also developed World of Card Games before handing it off to a friend. Ludic Ubiquity caught up with him while he was tinkering with his latest game ideas.

Here is the PDF version of the interview:

Robert Shultz Interview


Ludic Ubiquity: How early would you say you became involved in programming/game development?

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