I’ve gone from hypomania to baseline and back for so long, I’d forgotten how unexpected the inevitable crash can be. But it wouldn’t be BP II without the crash, so I’ve learned that just accepting it, staying close to my windows and light box, and forcing myself to do simple chores around the house (that I REALLY don’t feel like doing) are the best ways to get through it. (You’d be surprised how much accepting, rather than fighting its existence, helps.) Depression sucks, but it’s typical this time of year, and I’ve learned what to do to keep myself from getting too low. So if I (or others who are depressed) don’t feel like talking/hanging out/visiting, it’s nothing personal, and I AM OKAY. See you on the flip side.