Diagnosising bipolar disorder

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey every1,
Ive never posted in this forum before but the more I read bout bpd the more convinced i am tht i have it. I kno from reading other posts that bpd is extremely hard to diagnose and mostly i jus feel confused on the whole issue. From wht i kno i can relate to the hypomanic episodes quite well, I go on spending sprees wiv money i dnt hav... I sleep wiv 2 or 3 ppl in one day.... and end up abusing drugs. Then the next week I wil go thru periods of depression wher I self harm, get alittle suicidal feel tired all the time etc...
The prob is i also suffer from anxiety so some of the symptoms from the depression side of bpd overlap wiv anxiety. I admit it could anxiety making me think i got bpd or jus my meds making my mood swing but either way Im really confused on the whole issue and wud really appreicate some advice.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi badfish. Welcome to the board. We're glad you hopped over. You describe some behaviors which are common to bipolar, but that's not enough to diagnose it. The drug use alone can trigger the depression and risky behavior. On the other hand, many bipolar people abuse drugs before (and after) they're diagnosed. You really need to see a psychiatrist and get a professional diagnosis.

Anxiety is EXTREMELY common with bp. Most of us suffer from it too. The drugs for anxiety work in conjunction with the mood stabilizers to (hopefully) balance both problems.

I hope this is helpful.

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Bipolar II

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