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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 -

Why economics?

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They say that in life we are motivated by only two things - we either do things to seek pleasure or to avoid pain. Closely related to these are the values that we live for, which are things like passion, integrity, success, basically what I would call states of emotions that we think are highly important to us because achieving these states will give us utmost personal pleasure.

For me, the desire to study economics has evolved over time. In the beginning I was basically motivated by the desire to score good grades and the challenge it presented. Economics is widely touted as a difficult subject at the A-levels (which I think is a highly limiting belief and not true at all) and so I basically viewed it as a challenge that I have to do well in it. Over time as I got myself deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, I started to realise just how much I liked the subject for its logic and rationality and how the subject attempts to quantify and explain the complex world that we live in with some basic models and theories. The idea that we could somehow explain the uncertainty of our environment and the development of mankind as a whole seemed highly intriguing to me.


A chemist, a physicist, and an economist are all trapped on a desert island, trying to figure out how to open a can of food.

“Let’s heat the can over the fire until it explodes,” says the chemist.

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