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manic depressive
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   Posted 2/4/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I need to express somthing that often goes unsaid, but i need to get it off my chest.....
 
I hear alot of people say they are bipolar and are really not. Most people look at these "bipolar people" and think its just a simple thing of being either happy or sad. I think only a very small % of people are really bipolar. I think these fake bipolar people (self proclaimed) make people with the real disorder look far less serious.
 
 

smiler
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   Posted 2/5/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   

My advise to anyone would be , if they thought that something was wrong they should seek professional help , as BP can be hard to diagnose and other conditions can mimick BP symptoms.

It took a while for me to realise something was wrong (14 ish years) as I thought everyone felt like this , and that I just didn't have as good a coping mechanism as others.

I only got diagnosed because I was "caught out" when I broke down in the middle of a routine docs appointment and got told that I really needed to see someone at the mental health clinic.

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allie1644
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   Posted 2/7/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with smiler. BP is a disorder most people know nothing about. No one knows exactly what it is, how it happens, and why it happens. Unless you have it, of course. I would like to spread the word about what BP really is and to tell people that it is not a crazy disease.

Yeah. Just because you are a teen and are having a mood swing, or you have occasional depression does not mean you are bipolar. Ugh.
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|Silenced.Angel|
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   Posted 2/8/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I do agree with you, but I feel that we have no right to judge these people. It might upset and anger us that they're taking something we think is very serious and are using it lightly without caution; but it's not our place in this world to judge others.
A lot of people self diagnose because they need something to blame. Is that wrong? Not necessarily. It gives them a sense of reclaimation. In other words, it helps them live better.
 
My therapist taught me a very valuable thing once: my feelings are my own responsibility. I used to play the blame game and who am I to say I still dont? But the fact of the matter is that it's no one elses fault when we get mad or upset but our own. We choose to let it bother us, and we choose to be angry.
 
It's not the helpless teen who self-diagnoses fault.

LadyDragonfly
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   Posted 2/9/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
What I see a lot of, is people saying they have any number of things. I tend to think it is attention seeking behavior. I hear people all the time say they have "migraines." They will whine about what to take for the headache...naproxen or ibuprofen? Well, folks, don't touch either one. If you REALLY had migraines and you were REALLY diagnosed, you'd have REAL medication for them!!!! I always ask them, "when did your aura start?" and they have no idea what I am talking about. They don't have "migraines" at all. I don't broadcast my own cluster migraines or the neurological symptoms that accompany them...unfortunately my body does the broadcasting for me when I trip, fall and lose my eyesight in my left eye. So, I stay home. I don't care for that kind of attention.

But you do know whom I am talking about. We all know them, the people who will try to "one up" your problem like pain and illness and whining about such was a competition. I have one person like that right now who is on a constant round of joint pain so bad she can "hardly move" but she sure can move fast when she wants to, like if the phone rings. I have no sympathy.

As for people saying they are bipolar...I have heard that too. I think it is an excuse for bad behavior. I am sure it is easier to blame being "bipolar" than blame that fact that the person is thoughtless, rude, obnoxious and out of control. I mean, if you have a true bipolar diagnosis, I'd reckon you try to hide this and be as much in control, in hypercontrol of yourself so that others can't tell. I know I do.
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manic depressive
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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
LadyDragonfly said...
What I see a lot of, is people saying they have any number of things. I tend to think it is attention seeking behavior. I hear people all the time say they have "migraines." They will whine about what to take for the headache...naproxen or ibuprofen? Well, folks, don't touch either one. If you REALLY had migraines and you were REALLY diagnosed, you'd have REAL medication for them!!!! I always ask them, "when did your aura start?" and they have no idea what I am talking about. They don't have "migraines" at all. I don't broadcast my own cluster migraines or the neurological symptoms that accompany them...unfortunately my body does the broadcasting for me when I trip, fall and lose my eyesight in my left eye. So, I stay home. I don't care for that kind of attention.

But you do know whom I am talking about. We all know them, the people who will try to "one up" your problem like pain and illness and whining about such was a competition. I have one person like that right now who is on a constant round of joint pain so bad she can "hardly move" but she sure can move fast when she wants to, like if the phone rings. I have no sympathy.

As for people saying they are bipolar...I have heard that too. I think it is an excuse for bad behavior. I am sure it is easier to blame being "bipolar" than blame that fact that the person is thoughtless, rude, obnoxious and out of control. I mean, if you have a true bipolar diagnosis, I'd reckon you try to hide this and be as much in control, in hypercontrol of yourself so that others can't tell. I know I do.

      I agree with you 100%, I am truly ashamed of my mental illness. Only a handful of close freinds and my parents know i have it.
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