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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.

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 -

Zac Efron's Socks and Equality

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I was watching The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 Friday night and I noticed that guest Zac Efron was wearing a pair of bright rainbow colored socks. The next time I refreshed my Twitter feed (@justxjosh for those that don't already follow me) I was bombarded by tweets of "I love how Zac Efron promotes gay equality" and other such drivel and I was genuinely a little disheartened by how much people in support of gay equality find meaning in the most abstract of ways.

Is everything around us now a symbol for something? If Zac's technicolor sock choice automatically present him as a supporter of gay rights rather than a lover of quirky undergarments does that mean my love for watermelon makes me an advocate for Martin Luther King month? Has my favourite military style jacket now become a symbol for my supporting of our troops? Does the fact that I know all the words to Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass' now mean I'm a passionate spokesperson for woman's equality, freedom of expression and the peoples right to wear wigs?

No, no and no. Can we all just take a second to breathe and remind ourselves that sometimes a pair of socks is nothing more than a pair of socks, a watermelon is just a delicious way to get one of your five a day, a military jacket is just fashionable and that Nicki Minaj is just fierce. Not everything we say, do or wear is fraught with hidden meaning and symbolism. Our lives are not discarded plots in a Dan Brown novel. Just chill out and enjoy them for what they are.

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