Posted by katekite on May 1, 2002, at 13:20:31
In reply to does something cause the swing?, posted by katekite on April 30, 2002, at 15:07:03
Apologies for my odd quiz format post -- must have been in a ritalin rebound moment. So nice to have a drug to blame, LOL.
What I meant to say was that with ADD vs bipolar downswings are usually triggered by overstimulation, being overwhelmed vs. nothing at all or mild minor disappointment. Then there's rejection/abandonment, where someone who's moody in an emotionally dramatic way (borderline tendencies) would experience a downswing, and that is possibly different from either ADD or bipolar.
Point is if you can find even minor causes for a bad mood you could be just over-reacting to the causes for some reason, not having the independent cycling of bipolarism. If you can find no cause (rational or irrational) then bipolarism is more likely. At least this is what I've come up with to see in retrospect how I managed to be diagnosed as bipolar.
Of course in a way it may be a mute (moot? sp?) point, because for many people bipolar meds help serious moodiness from any cause, and if it helps it helps and one doesn't need to get in a tizzy (like I do) about why.