Bipolar IIIt is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare
welcome to hw. i was first diagnosed schizoffective by a psychiatrist but ws unhappy with the diagnosis. i was going to a psychologist and asked him about the diagnosis. he told me that this diagnosis is usually a catchall when the therapist doesn't really know what's wrong or if the therapist is too lazy to check the dsdm (the "bible" of disorders for doctors and therapists). each time you see a dr or a therapist, they must indicate an ailment that is refereenced in the dsdm if they want an insurance company to pay the bill.
it usually takes several sessions with a therapist to diagnose bp because there are several aspects to the disorder which occur distinctly. these are the phases that we all go through as we pass through this lifetime. fun, huh? the dr must see enough of these phases to make a bp determination.
i checked with several docters who confirmed what my therapist told me.