Hello, I have posted here maybe once I think, I mostly post on the CP forum. But, since I have been diagnosed Bipolar I have tried to read up on the subject.
Having bad Chronic Pain issues I have come to realize that being Bipolar comes with the territory. I'm not sure which came first "the chicken or the egg" but I do know that many many people with Chronic Pain also are Bipolar.
Also, most addicts have mental health issues. Since addiction is an issue with CP I was wondering if it was an issue with Bipolar as well.
I was misdiagnosed with Clinical Depression for years before they finally listened to me about the medications not working and diagnosed me Bipolar. Not that that is any kind of a Prize or anything, but it helps to know what is really wrong. Maybe in a few years they will come up with something else...who knows?
Anybody got any ideas about the subject of dual diagnosis?
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Okay, Sera, I will be the one to respond then lol...
Yes Uniquelyme, I am one of the ones who have both Bipolar and Fibromyalgia.. dx'd with Bipolar a year before the Fibro, but suffered from the Bipolar throughout my life and entire childhood.
I think a lot of times like Serafena has said Fibro and Bipolar do go hand-and-hand and I was told that from being Bipolar my whole life and going through all my episodes and nervous breakdowns could in fact be the reason why I have Fibromyalgia today - all the mental trauma and stress I have suffered.
However, I wasn't dx'd with depression at all before the bipolar diagnosis, I think because the mania was so evident in my case. You had to have experienced manic episodes (even if it was just a few EVER) in order to be bipolar, as opposed to just plain depressed. There IS a big difference between the two.
Addictions and mental health issues of course can go hand-and-hand as well. I struggled with my share of addictions in my high school years and was told that most people with Bipolar do tend to have addiction problems. Those addiction days are behind me now thank god!
But if you don't feel right about your diagnosis of something, don't let it get you down... don't give up on yourself because you are right, it ALWAYS helps to KNOW what is wrong. If you don't know what exactly is wrong, how can you ever get better? Don't go through life with constant questions and no answers. Get the opinion of more than one doctor, if not a few different ones.
I wish you the best of luck. Take care and be positive!
AND SORRY I DIDN'T FIND THIS THREAD SOONER!
21 years old
Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Irrational fears