My moods do not Undulate like waves. That is, they do not smoothly flow from one mood into the next. Rather, they flip into being like a switch.
I can be depressed for a few months and then suddenly, as if a ray of warmth has passed over, all of the heaviness lifts and the depression is just gone. I have had others with my flavor of Bipolar Disorder describe the same sensation to me.
Mania can come on the same way. One moment I am fine, and the next I am bopping around and it lasts for several days.
I think there is a misconception that there is some kind of gentle wave motion in this disorder where we slowly climb up to one or drop down to another, but that is frequently not the case. Sometimes there can be warning signs, but sometimes, terrifyingly, there aren’t any.
Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Undulate