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   Posted 8/22/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. So, I went to see a therapist...and after much deliberation, talking, etc...I was told that he believes that I am HPD (Histionic Personality Disorder) and not bi-polar! I kinda think this is worse news because at least bi-polar disorder can be treated with meds, but regardless. Here I am. I have read all of the information that he gave me, and I am going to have to agree. This has me really down. I am upset at myself that I fit such a self centered and manipulative bill...I know this is the bi-polar forum but you guys were all soooooo wonderful before, I just wanted to give everyone an update and also say I welcome ANY and ALL advice on my new revelation! Thank you so much.

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   Posted 8/22/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   

It's interesting news, but unless you talk with your doctor about it, I'd keep it as a "maybe" in your mind. A therapist is there to help you talk through your problems and concerns, and certainly he has given you a lot to think about, but you definitely need a psych's diagnosis before you jump off your meds or do anything differently.

I knew very little about the disorder, so I did a little reading up on it. You say you feel down about fitting such a self centered and manipulative bill, but do you agree with him? Do you think it fits you? Lots of bipolars are plenty manipulative too. It looks like it's still treatable with therapy and medicine for the acute effects of depression -- so not that different from bipolar (you just shouldn't have mania.) Do you have mania?

Good luck, and try not to be any harder on yourself for this than you were for bipolar. It's not in your control any more than the bipolar was. It's still something that's happening in your brain and not by choice. It doesn't make you a bad person.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Lilly. I would be very interested to see how this progresses for you. My impression was that only a psychiatrist can diagnose this. My husband is dealing with the same sort of thing. He had been diagnosed as schizophrenic, then schizoaffective bipolar, and now they think it is a personality disorder possibly broughton by an original chemical type imbalance. We are still waiting on the latest final determination. Did they alter your medication at all? Was the medication helping to start with? So many of these seem so similar to me, it can be really confusing. Serafena says that the personality disorder has the depression but not the mania. If I remember your original post correctly, you lived at a pretty constant state of mania, didn't you?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/23/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Lilly, while I am new here and to all of this, the one thing that caught my eye was your opening went to "a" therapist and he diagnosed you with HPD. So.......this is a new therapist, not one you ever saw before who really doesn't know you much at all and he feels qualified to fire off this totally different diagnosis from your other doctors after one meeting that most likely lasted less than one hour?? Either he is the world's greatest or he is playing with your mind... I would be very careful about accepting what he said after only one meeting.. If you have been seeing an other therapist or psychologist for bipolar disorder, I would believe that person over this new one....Don't jump too fast or be too hard on yourself...

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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I would take the suggested dx by this new therapist, and bring it to your regular pdoc and open a discussion about the possibilities...with THOSE who know you. Present your concerns, and if you have more than one doc on your team, maybe have a team meeting that also includes family members who support you and are trusted, on your behalf to discuss it all. While I think that this is interesting, I urge you not to jump so quickly at it being definitive, or definite. The fact is, a one time visit is not necessarily enough time to evaluate, nor is this person "fully qualified" per say to make this instant type of dx (which isn't to say they are wrong....just that it can be VERY iffy). Pdoc's have been known to be wrong too. SO...TALK my dear with all of them together is my opinion and discuss a thorough dx for yourself that ALL agree fits for you. Then you can be properly treated with all your support working together on your behalf. Good luck. LFW
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