New here and trying to understand my disorder

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conian7
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted Yesterday 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Just started on Healingwell a few days ago, and have met nice and helpful people in chat. I started over in the depression forum, because that's where I feel I am at. However, my wife suggested to me - a day or so before kicking me out a week ago - that I may have bi-polar III.

I have read about it and pondered it for the past few days...finally looked up a couple sites that do online tests for it and took a couple. So far all indicators suggest that she is right. The initial symptoms that made me think it possible where Racing Thoughts, High Optimism and Self-Confidence, Depression, and Irritability. Also, for many years, not so much this past year, I could be up until 2am or 3am and get up at 7am or so.

The tests seem to push me more toward the bipolar II area...so I need to check into this. I, as I have noticed some others say, have a spotty work history...have been fired on some occassions, and restless on others. My wife thinks its because of laziness, but I think it is a definite lack of focus. I have never had problems when called upon to do heavy, or hard work, but I find I have a serious lack of focus to carry everything to completion.

Right now I am separated from my wife, out of a job and in debt, so of course I am feeling a lot of the lower spectrum. I am working hard to get a job, and I am doing what I can to bring down the level of debt, and hopefully in time I will be accepted back home, but I realize, if I truly want to get better for the long run I am going to need help. We don't have a psychiatrist here where I am, so I am going to need to find a way to get proper diagnosis and get on my way to being well and balanced.

I have a fear of medications - I have been on Effexor and Lexapro - as prescribed by my regular physician - and they both had some adverse affects on me, and never helped significantly with the depression I was being diagnosed to have. The Effexor half life and withdrawal effects are aweful, and Lexapro was better on those, but was less effective. I realize now that they were probably ineffective because I was not properly diagnosed.

I look forward to whatever advice and support I can get.

conian7
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 10
   Posted Yesterday 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
BTW...I am creative and have received IQ scores around 140 and it seems to me that it fits the profile I read about creative people often having bi-polar

Just thought I'd add.

mommy.michele
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 369
   Posted Yesterday 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi conian. Welcome to Healing Well. You do seem to have a lot of traits that many with bipolar do have...but the only way to truly tell is to be properly diagnosed. Do you have a dr. or pdoc appointment scheduled?
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? - L. M. Montgomery


serafena
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted Yesterday 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi conian,

Welcome to the bipolar board. I would check with your doctor -- don't keep torturing yourself trying to guess what the right diagnosis might be. Call up a psychiatrist -- not a gp -- and make an appointment. Know that it can take a while to get a first appointment with a psych. It's true that if misdiagnosed, you may have had trouble with your meds, but you know they all have side effects, and each is different for each person. You clearly haven't found one that works for you yet. Keep trying.

serafena
Serafena
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


conian7
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 10
   Posted Yesterday 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
what is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

I have none on the island I live on, and on the other island I find 1 psychiatrist and 1 psychologist, and need to decide which is the right one for me to see?

serafena
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3715
   Posted Yesterday 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can evaluate you and prescribe medications. A psychologist is a psychiatry professional with a PhD who can diagnose and offer therapy, but who cannot write prescriptions and who does not have admitting privileges at hospitals.

My therapist is a psychologist -- by I also need a psychiatrist.

serafena
Serafena
Co-Moderator, Bipolar and Depression Forums
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


Angela40045
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 24
   Posted Today 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Conian! Welcome to Healing Well, I too just joined and have been welcomed with warm and open arms. I am really enjoying and learning from this forum.


http://sites.google.com/site/angelaledckeandbipolar/

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 12/11/2009 8:00:25 AM (GMT-7)

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