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While great strides have been made in understanding how to manage bipolar syndrome, only about a fifth of Thai sufferers are currently getting the treatment they need

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Most people look back on adolescence as the most carefree period in their lives, but Kreangkraimas Photjanasuntorn didn't enjoy his teenage years at all. A hypersensitive type, he remembers always being stressed about his academic performance or getting worked up about whether he was popular in class and said that this anxiety eventually drove him to hide himself away in his bedroom and cease interacting with the world outside. 

"I would worry about not being able to finish my homework on time or about whether I annoying schoolfriends of mine. I was afraid of being disliked," recalled Kreangkraimas, who is also known as DJ Kendo.

Not long before his 30th birthday, he was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety disorder and depression. Then he started tracking his emotions and realised he had moderately extended stretches when he was in a good mood, more or less, during which periods he noticed he was unusually creative in his thinking but also had a tendency to be overconfident and to lose his temper in an explosive manner.

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