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I go through phases of being high and low which can last from a week to a month and the low phases are really taking an effect on my daily life, relationships, and socialising. When I feel like I’m in a high phase I enjoy life so much more, but when I’m low I just don’t enjoy life at all, I rarely feel suicidal but it’s just the other symptoms that come with it which are hard to cope with and I want to know what people think it could be so I can get put on the right medication, I’m starting CBT therapy soon but with me being in a low phase currently I don’t feel like it’s going to work I just want to stop feeling low and either feel high or just normal constantly.

I know when I’m going into a low phase when I stop starting conversations with people like my mates I’ll just send blank photos on Snapchat and I’ll post less on my private story and I’ll just start to think that I have nothing to look forward too and then it will just get worse from there. I’m tired throughout the day no matter how much I’ve slept and caffeine doesn’t give me the same ‘feel good’ effect, I won’t laugh at things which I usually would find funny. Usually I’ll just be speaking to one person whether it’s my close close mate or my ex girlfriend (when I was with her) but then I get dependant on them to speak to me and because I start thinking negatively, things will bother me more such as when I’m not getting much attention off them and my anger levels go higher to people I’m closest to and I’ll argue with them over tiny things, and because of my stubbornness I will argue for hours until they give up (my ex used to just say she was wrong so that I’d stop arguing but it pissed me off even more because I knew she was just saying it). I think negatively of everything when I feel like this and it stops me from doing things I did before. I’ll start giving blunt replies to people I usually speak to because I can’t really be bothered thinking of a conversation to have and it just goes worse from there.

After a while of feeling like this I’ll slowly start to be more social and I’ll feel like there is more to life to look forwards to and my confidence starts getting higher and I start speaking to the people I ignored when I was low and I start to find things more funny and I can have jokes with my mates, I won’t feel anywhere near as tired anymore (no matter how much I’ve slept) and I start to make plans with my mates and go to the gym again, I do feel on top of the world sometimes as in I’m just happy with how everything is going, things don’t bother me as much like if something annoys me I won’t dwell on it and cause a long-drawn argument.

I’m just done with this all now I want to feel normal it’s been effecting me for years and I can’t take feeling low anymore it’s pushed me away from both of my exes and I have lost out on a few good friendships because of this. I have a feeling it could be bipolar but I don’t know if it’s as severe as that, after searching on Google I found out it could be cyclothymia as this matches my description the best way possible. Will CBT or medication fix my issue or not because I seriously can’t take this any longer I just want to be happy all the time.
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I go through phases of being high and low which can last from a week to a month and the low phases are really taking an effect on my daily life, relationships, and socialising. When I feel like I’m in a high phase I enjoy life so much more, but when I’m low I just don’t enjoy life at all, I rarely feel suicidal but it’s just the other symptoms that come with it which are hard to cope with and I want to know what people think it could be so I can get put on the right medication, I’m starting CBT therapy soon but with me being in a low phase currently I don’t feel like it’s going to work I just want to stop feeling low and either feel high or just normal constantly.

I know when I’m going into a low phase when I stop starting conversations with people like my mates I’ll just send blank photos on Snapchat and I’ll post less on my private story and I’ll just start to think that I have nothing to look forward too and then it will just get worse from there. I’m tired throughout the day no matter how much I’ve slept and caffeine doesn’t give me the same ‘feel good’ effect, I won’t laugh at things which I usually would find funny. Usually I’ll just be speaking to one person whether it’s my close close mate or my ex girlfriend (when I was with her) but then I get dependant on them to speak to me and because I start thinking negatively, things will bother me more such as when I’m not getting much attention off them and my anger levels go higher to people I’m closest to and I’ll argue with them over tiny things, and because of my stubbornness I will argue for hours until they give up (my ex used to just say she was wrong so that I’d stop arguing but it pissed me off even more because I knew she was just saying it). I think negatively of everything when I feel like this and it stops me from doing things I did before. I’ll start giving blunt replies to people I usually speak to because I can’t really be bothered thinking of a conversation to have and it just goes worse from there.

After a while of feeling like this I’ll slowly start to be more social and I’ll feel like there is more to life to look forwards to and my confidence starts getting higher and I start speaking to the people I ignored when I was low and I start to find things more funny and I can have jokes with my mates, I won’t feel anywhere near as tired anymore (no matter how much I’ve slept) and I start to make plans with my mates and go to the gym again, I do feel on top of the world sometimes as in I’m just happy with how everything is going, things don’t bother me as much like if something annoys me I won’t dwell on it and cause a long-drawn argument.

I’m just done with this all now I want to feel normal it’s been effecting me for years and I can’t take feeling low anymore it’s pushed me away from both of my exes and I have lost out on a few good friendships because of this. I have a feeling it could be bipolar but I don’t know if it’s as severe as that, after searching on Google I found out it could be cyclothymia as this matches my description the best way possible. Will CBT or medication fix my issue or not because I seriously can’t take this any longer I just want to be happy all the time.
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I am sorry you feel this way. As somebody who has felt the way you feel rn, I can really understand. I think the best, of course, for you is to speak to your GP, who should refer you to a psychiatrist because this would be out of their bounds. If you have already spoken to them and told them about your symptoms, please try to push for a referral to a mental health team or try to understand why they think it is not appropriate.
With regards to it bipolar, you should not seek medical advice on tsr or from the internet. As bipolar disorder is a spectrum, I can see that you are exhibiting symptoms that match the profile for bipolar diagnosis, but by no means this tells you that you are bipolar. It could well as be a personality disorder, and this sort of thing is what your psychiatrist will be able to diagnose.

If you are starting CBT soon, then I assume you also suffer from anxiety of some sort, which you can concentrate on managing and getting help/treatment from your GP regarding, so please do that in the meantime.

I hope you start to feel better soon.
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Hi,
Thanks for your reply. I’ve spoke to my GP and they have put me on a 6 month waiting list which is way too long so I’ve messaged a few private councillors/therapists who know CBT and I have my first session soon. Hopefully that will be enough
Hi,

Thanks for your reply. I’ve spoke to my GP and they have put me on a 6 month waiting list which is way too long so I’ve messaged a few private councillors/therapists who know CBT and I have my first session soon. Hopefully that will be enough to make me feel better but I’m doubting it a lot. You said you’ve felt like this before, have you got any coping mechanisms or do you know how to avoid going into a ‘low phase’, I just sort of accept it because it’s that normal for me I don’t think there’s any factor that brings me down.
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Sounds more like cyclothymia. Bipolar highs are more high. But go see a psychiatrist. I'm not a doctor.
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply. I’ve spoke to my GP and they have put me on a 6 month waiting list which is way too long so I’ve messaged a few private councillors/therapists who know CBT and I have my first session soon. Hopefully that will be enough to make me feel better but I’m doubting it a lot. You said you’ve felt like this before, have you got any coping mechanisms or do you know how to avoid going into a ‘low phase’, I just sort of accept it because it’s that normal for me I don’t think there’s any factor that brings me down.
My coping mechanisms were not good or safe so I won't recommend them. Regulating your emotions can help a lot to get yourself through the 'low phases'. Just make sure you have numbers for the crisis team in your locality to use when you are having suicidal ideation if that is something you struggle with and its likelihood is increased when you feel low.
If you want to receive help privately, you can do it but still stay on the waiting list - you never know you may need it later on. You can always self-refer yourself for CBT - I'm not sure if your GP has told you.
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Sounds more like cyclothymia. Bipolar highs are more high. But go see a psychiatrist. I'm not a doctor.
Cyclothymia is a mild form of Bipolar Disorder - remember BP is a spectrum disorder
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