I’m writing this post to share my story with bipolar 2 rapid cycling. It all started about five years ago when I began feeling extreme highs and lows. During the highs, I was so excited that nothing could bring me down and nothing seemed impossible. Looking back, I now realize these were manic episodes that lasted for days or even a week at times. During the lows, I felt like life itself was pointless and my mood could change from one minute to the next.
I went through periods of both feelings going up and down until it finally became too much to handle consistently. That’s when I decided it was time to get help and seek professional treatment. After going in for testing and meeting with my doctor regularly, she discovered (and diagnosed) that I had bipolar 2 rapid cycling.
This diagnosis gave me hope because it meant there was something treatable causing the up and downs in my moods. Over the following years, I have been managing my condition through medication, support groups, therapy sessions, exercise and lifestyle changes like taking walks outside every day that have made a huge difference in how I cope with my disorder and live a more balanced life.
No matter your mental health journey whether it is bipolar 1 or 2 or any type of depression, please know you are not alone. There are people who understand what you’re going through and resources available to help you on your path toward wellbeing.