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 <listitem>
     <para>
-* I found it harder to do things that I normally find easy to do. For example,
+I found it harder to do things that I normally find easy to do. For example,
 I spent hours on end solving a single math problem. I kept convincing myself
 that it should be easy which made me feel much worse.
 </para>
 
 <listitem>
     <para>
-* I was consumed and overwhelmed with guilt. I felt guilty for many things
+I was consumed and overwhelmed with guilt. I felt guilty for many things
 that I perceived as wrong.
 </para>
 </listitem>
 </itemizedlist>
 
     </section>
+    <section id="symptoms-of-hypomanias">
+        <title>Symptoms of Hypomanias</title>
+        <para>
+            In regards to hypomanias, Wikipedia <ulink url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypomania">gives the following symptoms</ulink>:
+        </para>
+
+        <itemizedlist>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Pressured speech; rapid talking
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity;
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Decreased need for sleep;
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Flight of ideas or the subjective experience that thoughts are racing; 
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Easy distractibility and attention-deficit (superficially similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder);
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Increase in psychomotor agitation; and
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+<listitem>
+    <para>
+        Steep involvement in pleasurable activities that may have a high potential for negative psycho-social or physical consequences.
+    </para>
+</listitem>
+        </itemizedlist>
+        <para>
+            It's a pretty good description of me when I'm hypomanic.
+        </para>
+    </section>
 </section>
+<section id="depressed-people-i-know">
+    <title>People I Know who Suffer from Depressions</title>
+    <para>
+        Many people (mostly computer developers) I've talked with admitted to 
+        have been clinically depressed:
+    </para>
+    <itemizedlist>
+        <listitem>
+            <para>
+                One of my best friends has admitted that she used to have many 
+                depressions. Whenever I met her in real life, or talked with 
+                her (on the phone, on instant messaging, etc) she seemed very 
+                cheerful, fun loving, intelligent, and rational.
+            </para>
+
+            <para> She claimed that when she is depressed she tends not to
+                communicate a lot and also cannot achieve too much at work,
+                which she said only makes her feel worse. I can relate to both
+                of these, as I recall that that was the case for me on both
+                accounts when I was depressed.  </para>
+
+        </listitem>
+
+        <listitem>
+
+            <para> I talked with a programmer, well into his 50's (and still
+                active) who admitted to having got into depressions several
+                times in the past. He again seemed normal (if somewhat
+                eccentric to me).  </para>
+
+        </listitem>
+
+        <listitem>
+
+            <para> One time on irc.oftc.net someone joined and spoke in
+                l33t-speak, asking how he can be a "haxor". People thought he
+                was a troll, but I ended up PMing him and it turned out he was
+                depressed. I spent the afternoon trying to help him.
+                Eventually, at evening, he claimed that he was feeling better
+                and parted. (It is known that often depressed individuals feel
+                better in the evening and at night.) </para>
+
+        </listitem>
+
+        <listitem>
+
+            <para>
+                A fellow programmer I talked with admitted to having got into 
+                depressions in the past, and that she tried to function 
+                despite that.
+            </para>
+
+        </listitem>
+
+        <listitem>
+
+            <para>
+                A fellow Perl monger I talked with said that he sometimes 
+                exhibited some of the symptoms of hypomania. He seemed 
+                very hyperactive to me, so I wasn't really surprised, but it 
+                may also be plain excitement and not a medical condition.
+            </para>
+
+        </listitem>
+        
+    </itemizedlist>
+
+    <para>
+        <ulink url="http://www.mental-health-today.com/bp/famous_people.htm">A 
+            list of some famous people who had Mania-Depressia can be
+            found at 
+            http://www.mental-health-today.com/bp/famous_people.htm</ulink>.
+        Bipolar disorder is relaively uncommon and many more people are 
+        Unipolar and only have depressions and anxieties. Depressions and
+        anxieties are considered the "common cold" of mental illnesses, and 
+        are exhibited in a large amount of the populace.
+    </para>
+
+    <para>        
+Someone told me that he read a study that said that roughly 50% of the
+authors in the English language today have Mania-Depressia. I haven't been
+able to find it online and would appreciate any references.
+    </para>
+
+</section>
+<section id="dealing-with-clinical-depressions">
+    <title>Dealing with Clinical Depressions</title>
+
+    <para>
+There is a lot of mis-information and dis-information about depressions in
+the public. When I was depressed and hypomanic as a teenager I didn't know
+how to call these "conditions", or how to effectively deal with them. If,
+after reading the description on the Wikipedia, you feel that you have been
+depressed in the past, read on.
+</para>
+
+<para>
+The best advice I can give on dealing with clinical depressions (and possibly
+also as a preventitive measure or just to understand what people think) is
+to buy <ulink url="http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-Therapy-Revised-Updated/dp/0380810336">the excellent book "Feeling Good"</ulink>.
+</para>
+
+<para>
+    It is a self-help guide for <ulink url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy">cognitive-behavioural therapy</ulink>, that was
+originally written in English and was recommended to me by my therapist.
+Just reading it helped me understand the source of my hypomanias, and I found
+the exercises recommended there to be helpful as well.
+</para>
+
+<para>
+Note that if you are depressed, (and much more if you're feeling suicidal),
+you need to consult a cognitive-behavioural therapist for a session, as
+soon as possible. I am not a mental health professional and am not qualified 
+to give professional therapy, and this essay is not a substitute for it.
+</para>
+
+</section>
+
+<section id="few-facts-to-realise">
+    <title>A Few Facts that Should Be Realised</title>
+    <section id="mentally-ill-is-not-eccentric">
+        <title>Mentally Ill is not Eccentric</title>
+
+        <para>
+            When people say that someone is "crazy", "insane", "out of his 
+            mind" etc. they usually mean that he or she is eccentric or 
+            behaving irrationaly, not that they are mentally unsound. I know 
+            and have heard about many people who are eccentric or very 
+            eccentric and yet are perfectly sane, and lead perfectly happy 
+            lives.
+        </para>
+
+        <para>
+            There's a difference between conformism or "being normal" and 
+            mental health. 
+        </para>
+
+    </section>
+</section>
+
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