Please help! Doctor says Im not Bipolar but Im sure I am!!!

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Mackem
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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! Please can anyone help! I think Im bipolar as Ive had mood swings that started in my teens - then I thought this was down to hormones! Since then I have unravelled a whole host of symptoms that seem to be more prominent, consistent and regular. Where do I start? My symptoms I guess:

highly increased libido - even more than normal
At times an inability to focus clearly on one thing - eg at work I may start a task, stop after 10 mins, move onto another, then do this with about 6-7 different tasks, moving backwards and forwards. Im constantly thinking and talking to myself in my head about everything and anything, sometimes out loud (although not often). At work I can have days where Im fantastically productive and some of the work that I produce is beyond anything I thought I could produce (Im a financial analyst) - other days I just cant focus or when I do work the work is sub-standard and laboured.

I can be the life and soul of the party on the outside and feel really down on the inside. Sometimes I cant hide it and its clear theres something wrong. There are times when i feel amazing and unstoppable and other times where i just feel crap. I was looking forward to a works party for weeks and weeks and weeks and when i got there i just wanted to escape. i feel really guilty about spending just £10 on a CD for myself and then other times i just think forget it and blow hundreds of pounds on an xbox or something.

I start many different projects when on in my 'up phase' that i think are going to change my life and change the world and throw all my energies into it....and then just give up or lose interest.

I get down but not suicidal. i get very irritable, bad tempered and snappy. Sometimes I want to confront anyone and everyone. i dont sleep very well at all and often when im in an 'up phase' i lay awke thinking about my latest project!

Im very creative by nature and when i go through what i think are manic phases the writing i create just flows and its brilliant - at other times i cant write a paragraph.

There are other things i could list but i think ill explode if i try and remember everything! LOL!

The doctor says im not bipolar as i dont have long phases of depression in my down phase where i cant function and i dont stay awake all night doing things in my 'up phase'.


Please can anyone advise??!

(I had to edit out some language -- Please check out the forum rules. Thanks, serafena)

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 12/10/2008 1:05:52 PM (GMT-7)


serafena
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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mackem,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board. I hope we can offer you some support here.

My first thought is that you need to get a second opinion. Just for your own piece of mind. And you need to see a psychiatrist. I don't know if you saw a psychiatrist the first time, but bipolar is hard to diagnose. Only a psychiatrist is really well trained.

If a second psychiatrist says it's not bipolar, he/she might have some other ideas to what it might be that's making you feel so crummy, so be sure and ask. This is the one thing we are so afraid of when we go to the doctor, but be sure to take a list of questions, and ask them. Print out this list you've just written, for example, and show it to the psych. That's a good list of symptoms you'd like to address.

Hope this is helpful. Keep us up to date on how you're doing.
serafena
Serafena
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Bipolar II


Mackem
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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena! I was worried no one was going to reply!

No, the guy I saw was just a regular doctor, a GP at a local surgery. He wasnt a psychiatrist! HELP!!!

serafena
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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, that's what I thought. See a psychiatrist, ASAP. I'm guessing you're in Britain? I don't know how it works over there. Do you need any kind of referral or can you just make an appointment and go?

By the way, there's a subset of bipolar called Bipolar II. Have you ever heard of it? It might fit with your symptoms. Take a look.

www.mayoclinic.com/health/bipolar-disorder/DS00356/DSECTION=symptoms

serafena
Serafena
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

Post Edited (serafena) : 12/10/2008 1:21:01 PM (GMT-7)


Mackem
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena! Yeah im in britain! my regular doctor (the one i saw!) needs to refer me! if he doesnt think i am then i guess im stuck! unless i want to pay hundreds to see a psychiatrist privately! i cant afford that! ill take a look at that link! thanks! i have heard of bipolar II!

anyone eles have any help they can offer!
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