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What It's Like to Experience 'Identity Swings'

The daily struggle of waking up in the morning and not knowing who I’m going to be that day is unbearable. Mood swings are just part of my life, and I’ve learned to accept and cope with it by now.

Nevertheless, there are times when it is not just about mood swings, but “identity swings,” as I would call it — it is about adopting different types of behaviors frequently, whether these are coping mechanisms or the way we chose to get things done.

Before the lockdown, I used to adopt a certain “self” for about a week — for example, I was that friend you could rely on if you wanted to have a blast at a party, and the week after, I was that anxious friend you kind of needed to check in with from time to time to make sure they’re OK.

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