Re: Happy moments--bipolar?
just because people have depression, doesn't mean they are always down. Certainly you can have happy moments and feel great joy. they don't usually happen during a major depressive episode, but I wouldn't go so far to say that never happens.
It's the rapid cycling that might cause a bi polar diagnosis. My pdoc diagnosed me at bipolar II, but I don't know. Personally, I don't worry about it, because my so called "manias" are fine and I remain functional and grounded in reality. I don't see them as a problem. I've gone the route of taking mood stabilizers and everything, but just decided to forget about them. They were more trouble than they were worth...and like I said...I don't see the cycle as a major deal.
as has been said...make sure you go to a pdoc and get some more info.