I need help w/Bipolar & Borderline questions

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Kriste
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 3/30/2006 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had Crohn's for 10 Years and last month diag. with IBS and to top it off yesterday Pshy. says i am bipolar and have borderline person. I was abused as a child and whatever but I'm just not getting all this. I dont have suicidal thoughts and i dont want to hurt myself, either. I am angry alot for no reason and i have many trust issues, but of course I've had men in my life cheat on me so it's a bit much. I suppost to start some therapy Monday. But, i'm just not sure about all this. I've read the internet stuff, but I have learned more from people on here about my crohn's then i ever would of at the doctors. So, once again I turn to you wonderful people who actually cares about people to give me help.

Ashley C
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   Posted 3/31/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I can definatly understand why you would question your diagnosis. Is this from a doc that you know and trust? If it isn't, you may want to get a second opinon to just be sure. Of course, none of us on this can diagnose you, but we can offer you insight from our own experiences. I was diagnosed bipolar a few weeks ago and I had been questioning myself for a year before I finally got help. My college counselor recommended me to be evaluated because of a test I took called the mood disorder questionnaire. You can find the questionnaire online if you go through google. I waited a year before I finally got help because I thought I was fine. Like you, I didn't want to hurt myself or anyone else... I just had mood swings. A year later I am totally going crazy! My moods have switched from being too hyper and upset to being so low I have been suicidal. My husband almost took me to the hosptial because of suicide threats. If you would have asked me over a year ago if I ever thought I would be in this situation I would have said no and would'nt even think of it. I was so out of control that I quit my job I loved and was seriously suicidal. I went and got help and that was when I was diagnosed. I have been taking a mood stablizer called Lamictal for a week now and I feel much better! I also have wondered if I have borderline because I fit all of the symptoms BESIDES

Ashley C
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/31/2006 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
sorry that I posted..it was by accident. I will continue what I was saying. I have all of the symptoms for borderline besides self mutilation and the lying that many borderlines do. I was emotionally and sometimes physically abused as a child and this has greatly affected me and my relationships because of my low self worth and image issues. I have not been diagnosed but I have done a lot of research. Research really helps you understand Bipolar and Borderline Disorder. I recommend taking your doc's diagnosis seriously....research the disorders for yourself. If you feel that the symptoms perfectly describe you, your doc was probably right. It may not seem serious now....but I wish more than anything I would have got help a year ago when my counselor told me to instead of waiting and being as serious as I am now. Things can get worse...they did for me. If you do research and none of the symptoms fit you, go for a second opinion and express to the other doc that you have researched the symptoms and they don't sound like you at all. If that doc gives you the same diagnosis it may be true. I wish you the best and I hope that you will research yourself to see if there is any truth. Good luck!

wv-yankee
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   Posted 4/6/2006 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kriste, I have been both labled as bipolar and borderline. One thing we have to remember. In order for the doctor to write a report that other doctors can understand, insurance companies can understand, and even social security can understand, there has to be a concise label, i.e. bp or bpd. These labels are described in a dsm iv manual. This is actually more for the doc than for you. Borderline is not a stand alone problem, but usually stems from another disorder, i.e. bipolar. They have many of the same systems which can be very confusing to both you and the doctor. Borderlines don't go manic, but oftentimes they are considered to be rapid cyclers, which mimic bipolar. Also very moody and impulsive. You may be labeled manipulative and even lying; but, actually you are not necessarily doing either, it is that your perception of things is different than reality as others see it. The medicines are usually the same to treat both of them anyway. Perhaps one of the big differences, imo, is that bipolar is understood primarily as a chemical imbalance, whereas borderline is your thought processes. It's like borderline is a P.S. to bipolar. Along with a chemical imbalance, you have a thought process imbalance. But these thought processes have been ingrained in you since childhood, you're actually unaware that you are doing anything different from anybody else. Don't let the labels depress you, ok. - denise
 
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