28% of patients with rapid-cycling bipolar I disorder kill themselves. That is a scary number.
Rapid-cycling is characterized by 4 episodes in a 12 month period. I have had more than four in ONE day before. I am lucky to say that I only have one seriously depressed episode in a year, usually, maybe two. It's the manic episodes that come on all of the time. I have had more than I can count in the last 6 months.
The more I read about this illness, the more I realize how bad it is, and what I thought once was mild (I thought I would be less mild than II), I am finding out more and more that I am classified as extremely hard to treat, and that I require regular therapy to live a normal life.