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.
AN INTRODUCTION TO CYCLOTHYMIA
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 -
This is going to be a tough post to write, because unless you're an entrepreneur, you're probably going to take what I have to say the wrong way.
Being an entrepreneur means bending the rules... carefully. (It does not mean breaking the rules). Here's an example - a litmus test, if you will - about what the mentality of being an entrepreneur is all about:
If you are male, and you are in a Starbucks, say, or any location that has a "women's" and "men's" bathroom, and the men's bathroom is occupied, would you use the women's bathroom? Let's assume that it's just 1 person per bathroom, meaning if you were to use the women's bathroom, you could lock the door and know that no other women would come in.
Now, as an entrepreneur, my mentality is that both bathrooms are, generally speaking, exactly the same. One just has a sign that says "women" and one has a sign that says "men". To me, I would be bending the rules by using the women's bathroom. Of course, I would be extra courteous when in the women's bathroom (think: "don't sprinkle when you tinkle"), but I would have no problem using the women's bathroom, because the signage is meant more as a guide than an absolute. This is the mind of an entrepreneur in action, folks! Some people would steadfastly argue that the bathrooms are not interchangeable. If that's your mentality, then you probably wouldn't make a very good entrepreneur. I'd love to hear your comments on this perspective.