First off, there is a lot of good info posted here.
But I must recommend you see a pdoc. Your family doctor may be a fine person. But lets imagine the situation was you had a severed limb, would he be the one to go to? Of course not, you would go to a surgeon. You may or may not be BP, but you could be misdiagnosed also. It is very unhealthy to be incorrectly treated. A 10 question survey is fine for a runny nose or an ear infection. But certainly not for a mental disorder.
Please find a pdoc to help you. The first one, as can be attested to by people here, may not be the one for you. Plus, if you are perscribed medication, find out what the medication is for and the side effects. My wife is a nurse and she gets so angry when she asks a patient what they are taking a perscription for, and they answer, "I don't know, the doctor told me to take it."
Good luck, and keep us informed.
I've been following your post. How have you been feeling? What do you think about everyone's suggestion that you schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist for a proper diagnosis?
I agree with all the others. A M.D. should not be diagnosising you especially after only meeting you for the first time. Even after talking with you and taking a 10 question test isn't the proper way to handle this serious diagnosis. It is scarey that he even gave you meds on top of it.
I'm really concerned for you. I hope you seriously consider your options.
Thanks for the update for all of us. I think there is a way to be treated discretely. That is there business to be discrete. Besides, what are you afraid of? Nobody needs to know your business.
I would talk with one of the psychiatrist there and let them know of your concerns. You need to take care of yourself and get a proper diagnosis. If you are bipolar you will be well helped with some medications otherwise things can get pretty bad eventually. You already stated that you possibly are in a manic state right now.
After your initial diagnosis, most psych visits are only a few minutes long to do a med check. Therapists need a lot more time with you. Maybe one of them can see you privately at their home?
Speak up...I'm sure something can be worked out.
If all else fails, you should really consider going out of the county to get treated. This is a serious health issue. I'm sure most around here would agree.
Good Luck and keep us posted.