I am sorry for your daughter having such a hard time. Actualy, the more you write about her, the better we can help. Why do you think she could be bipolar? The symptoms you have mentioned really don't apply so far. To be bipolar a person has to have had at least one episode of mania lasting 4 days or more. I will list some symptoms of bipolar at the end. She sounds more like possibly borderline personality/dependent personality disorder, and depression. Cymbalta would help the depression, but probably not much on the other two. Her counselor was probably correct in her assessment of your daughter; there are many "negative" things that go with these disorders and people with them need counseling desperately. It is a hard pill to swallow (pun not intended) to hear negative things, but that's what people go to counselors for, to find out what to work on.
I am not diagnosing her; only telling you a couple of strong possibilities for the symptoms thus far.
A manic episode is diagnosed if elevated mood occurs with three or more of the other symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for 1 week or longer. If the mood is irritable, four additional symptoms must be present.
Post Edited (psychnurse) : 9/24/2005 6:34:04 AM (GMT-6)