I am a 30-something woman living with cyclothymia in South East England. Sometimes, having cyclothymia really bites, sometimes I find a way to bite back.
I got my PhD in 2016, and am now working at a university and trying to secure long term, secure employment in the Higher Education sector. Before committing myself to the vagaries of academia, I had a lot of jobs. I’ve never been great at sticking with the 9 to 5, although I tend to get good jobs and do well there; until I get bored and quit.
I was diagnosed with cyclothymia in 2009 not long after a significant relationship ended and just as I was getting in a massive financial hole as a result of hypomanic spending sprees; I’ve written a little about my experience around diagnosis and unmanageable hypomania here.
When I was first diagnosed I tried desperately to find more information on what cyclothymia meant, as I’ve written about here, but it wasn’t easy. Other than one great article (now revised to point of being useless, but available as archived page) there was very little information out there. Through some irregular blogging on other sites and meeting people on twitter I was prompted to start this blog to address a very real need for more information and peer support for people living with cyclothymia.
I’ve tried to gather together the most common questions which bring people to this blog in The Great Big Cyclothymia Q&A. There are some more general ‘overview’ posts about ‘cyclothymia and…’ collected under the Cyclothymia 101 tag. You can also ctrl+F down the index page for common topics if google has not landed you on the page you searched for. If you have a question you’d like me to address, just leave a comment on this page. If you’d prefer not to have your comment published just begin it “please answer in blog post”