Our expert says:
A normal mood is like the normal weather in a mild climate --- it can get hot and cold, sometimes within the same day, but neither spectacularly hot nor perishingly cold. In someone with bipolar disorder, it's more like they commute between the Sahara and the South Pole. The mood movements last longer at either extreme, and are themselves more extreme and disabling. Normally, we can get happy, either because of circumstances or just because its a reasonably cheerful day --- but not unrealistically happy, and our happiness doesn't last for weeks and get higher and higher.
As for the advice, everyone is better off for avoiding recreational drugs which at the vert least never do anyone any good. I am not impressed at evidence for 5-HTP as a remedy --- if something isn't regulated and registered as a medicine, there's usually something dubious about it.
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