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11 Apr 2006

mood swings
hi, cybershrink, i like your alias.

i dont know if i should be concerned or not.
i've always had fairly bad mood swings, ranging recently between excitement and motivation to apathy, depression to a sort of quiet happiness (quite literally - smelling the roses).
i just think that lately i'm down more often than up. i'm stressed out at work, but, like today, instead of actually working, i'm browsing the net and procrastinating.

how do i get out of this? (i dont think i'm bipolar or anything)
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hi anz,
I'm rather fond of the alias, too, having had it for so many years.
You're probably right that you're not bipolar --- a few years back nobody knew what you were talking about if you said Bipolar, now it's almost fashionable, and people insist they're bipolar if they have any sort of variation in mood. In Bipolar the mood swings are extreme, and relatively slow, and last at least days, generally weeks at a time. More rapid movement of mood, a volatile mood, may be a combination of personality and being under stress. One handy way of dealing with stress is to space out, dissociate, and not concentrate on it. Cousneling of the CBT form could help to claify your problems and help you learn to organize how you behave during such mood shifts, more effectively
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