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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 -

7 Steps for Mastering My Master's Experience

On The Chronicles Of My Calling

Welcome to the party, all! Okay, by party, I mean nerdfest.

To start, a quick disclaimer. I do have interests outside my professional development. I love hot yoga, cooking, learning about wine, my pets, clever comedy sitcoms, and eating everything in sight when I travel. I also do mystery shopping on the side. However, this will focus on what I'm doing to maximize my master's experience as I prepare for doctorate-level training.

Think of this as a strategic professional development accountability plan. It actually breaks down to daily, weekly, monthly, and semesterly goals. (Is semesterly a word?). This is like self-directed independent study. The idea is to reflect on my goals as I'm working through them and keep myself accountable to getting them done. It's also worth noting I won't write about class often because the focus isn't on what I'm required to do.

It's about exploring opportunities for growth beyond the requirements. So, to augment the compulsory elements of my master's education, I aim to:

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