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Maybe?? Welcome to Healing Well
A bipolar diagnosis needs to be made by a professional as it is a hard illness to diagnose. Other illnesses can sometimes mimick the symptoms of bipolar. What I will say is please see your doc about getting help.
Magaroo - welcome also
Have you spoken to the doc that mentioned the BP tendancies since? I would if I were you , see what he says. I think it helps to write symtoms down so that you don't miss out anything important. Do you take any meds apart from avitan? Do you do any CBT?
I wish you both well ,
Hi Maybe and Magaroo,
I am new to this forum and bipolar. After seeing two different doctors and using a mood chart and writing down daily everything I feel, I have been told I am bipolar 2. I can relate to Magaroo, I feel as if you just told my life story. I've had so many ups and downs that mu husband of 6 years doesn't know what person he is going to meet evch day. I never wanted to go to a doctor, but he talked me into it. It was hard to be 100% truthful on every way that I have messed up my life, but right away I trusted my second doctor. Maybe you need to find people that you can trust with every thought and feeling. It is hard, but after a couple months of being on zoloft, lamictal, and xanax on the really hard days I feel more level. I still have the ups and downs, but it is a little easier to go through everyday. I hope you can find the answers you need and get the right help.
I have to disagree with the label dictating the life - I have suffered with this since I can remember , but have only recently been diagnosed (same with the panic etc...) I thought everyone felt like I did but I was the only one who couldn't deal with it properly....couldn't deal with life , I thought I was weaker than everyone else because of my emotions , dumb because I couldn't concentrate sometimes.......but now that someone has turned round and said you have BP , it's changed my thoughts....I can say drat these feelings , it's the BP it's not me , and I can "get on with it". Before , I didn't understand what was happening to me , I didn't feel like I could control what was going on......but now that I understand what's going on I no longer fear myself. I'm not saying it's like that for all of us all of the time.....sometimes it can be debilitating.....but to know that there is help out there , and that you are not the only one , well , it helps
Hey , what would be the fun in life if we took our own advise eh?
LOL - I'm so naughty arn't I
I think what I was saying was that for me to cope , if I feel depressed I say "that's the BP" and put that bit to one side , so that the bit thats left can feel a bit lighter????? I'm sorry I don't really have a way with words but I can't seem to explain how I do it or what I feel....I've prolly confused the heck out of everyone now