I found this article and it really hit home with me and wanted to share it and see if any of you can relate. Sometimes CFS Feels Like Bipolar Disorder to Me April 13, 2010 by Sandy Robinson Filed under Symptoms 1 Comment There have been many times during the past 20 years that I have been sick with ME/CFS that I have wondered if maybe I have bipolar disorder. I will have many times over the years where I have experienced the extreme highs of energy and where I can’t sit still only to be hit with the debilitating fatigue and the lows of ME/CFS that make me feel like a totally different person. When I am feeling really well, which doesn’t happen very often, I am so excited about life. I want to take on the world, I make plans to do all sorts of things, and I fully intend on doing all of them. Then the bottom falls out of my world, the CFS sucks the life out of me, and everything I wanted to do just a few days before no longer holds any excitement for me. Everything that I was hoping and dreaming to accomplish all of a sudden seems overwhelming and too big to tackle – even for a type A like me. For a short time, I can pretend to be a normal person and I console myself with the fact that this is probably who I really would be if it weren’t for the CFS and other problems. The high is so good that I don’t sleep and I don’t want to sleep because I don’t want to miss out on any time feeling well. Feeling well is such a fleeting moment for so many of us that when we have a taste of it, we crave it immensely and want it to last on and on. When the CFS crash hits, it is as if those days never existed and all I can concentrate on is how bad I feel. I hate life, I hate everything. I just want to sleep and hope that when I wake up it will all be better. But it’s not. The crashes take longer and longer to recover from the older I get and they seem to come closer and closer together. Here is a brief excerpt from a bipolar website on the symptoms of bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior–from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function. The main difference I feel is that I never have any periods where I feel well for weeks or months, as in people with bipolar disorder. I may have a few days occasionally where I feel on top of the world and at these times it is when the crashes are even harder to deal with. Depression is normal in people with chronic illnesses like CFS. I have been dismissed many times as just having depression when it was so much more than that. But bipolar disorder is a whole different story from depression. I have been told by my husband and others that I am like two totally different people at times. I feel like two people most of the time. Normal just isn’t in the cards for me, however.