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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 -

What's the Secret to Fitness?

On Musings of a Dick

If you told me a decade ago that I would love fitness, I would’ve thought you were insane. Yup. Batshit crazy. That’s because ten years ago, I was a 220 lb couch potato that loathed exercise more than anyone I knew. Seriously, I hated exercise like Garfield hates Mondays.

So what’s different now? In terms of my necessities, fitness is right up there with eating, sleeping, and sex.

The secret of fitness is to learn to think of it in the same way as you think about eating, sleeping, and sex.

Ironically, the excitement caused me to wake up late from tossing and turning all night. After glancing at my alarm clock in horror, I quickly downed my morning coffee and hustled to the gym. If I didn’t, I would have had that nagging feeling of missing a workout, a feeling that lasts all day.

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