I think bipolar disorder should actually be classified as depression with addictive behaviour. The cycling could be hormonal, it also could be an addicts attempt of getting their life together. I just have huge issues with bipolar disorder. One, the genetic link. Could be considered poor parenting, life trouble. I got diagnosed bipolar purely from age and genetic history. Who is to say that my uncle was diagnosed properly. Once one person is diagnosed with the disease, that means everyone related is suspect?
The second big issue with bipolar is how your family has so much power over you. Out of line, bipolar manic episode. Big argument with family, bipolar manic episode. Put them on meds. Keep them docile. Workaholic athlete, not sleeping, bipolar insomnia, needs meds. The pharmaceutical companies are making a fortune.
I don’t want everyone to get up in arms with me with my opinion on bipolar. I know there are a lot of good medication and programs that help a lot of people. I just believe that people will be treated better if we recategorized. PTSD, schizophrenia, multiple personality, anxiety disorder, depression and addiction. I think that could cover everything. Bipolar is a label you are stuck with for life even if you are never erratic again, you have been red flagged. Everyone is allowed to be depressed and get over it. Language matters. My bet, bipolar disorder will be in history textbooks one day as a way of population control.