* 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.
* 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.
+ <section id="symptoms-of-hypomanias">
+ <title>Symptoms of Hypomanias</title>
+ In regards to hypomanias, Wikipedia <ulink url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypomania">gives the following symptoms</ulink>:
+ Pressured speech; rapid talking
+ Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity;
+ Decreased need for sleep;
+ Flight of ideas or the subjective experience that thoughts are racing;
+ Easy distractibility and attention-deficit (superficially similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder);
+ Increase in psychomotor agitation; and
+ Steep involvement in pleasurable activities that may have a high potential for negative psycho-social or physical consequences.
+ It's a pretty good description of me when I'm hypomanic.
+ <title>People I Know who Suffer from Depressions</title>
+ Many people (mostly computer developers) I've talked with admitted to
+ have been clinically depressed:
+ 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> 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>
+ <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>
+ <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>
+ A fellow programmer I talked with admitted to having got into
+ depressions in the past, and that she tried to function
+ 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.
+ <ulink url="http://www.mental-health-today.com/bp/famous_people.htm">A
+ list of some famous people who had Mania-Depressia can be
+ 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.
+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.
+ <title>Dealing with Clinical Depressions</title>
+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.
+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>.
+ 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.
+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.
+ <title>A Few Facts that Should Be Realised</title>
+ <section id="mentally-ill-is-not-eccentric">
+ <title>Mentally Ill is not Eccentric</title>
+ 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
+ There's a difference between conformism or "being normal" and
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