am i bipolar?? is there a brain test to prove it?

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hope76
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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
hello everyone...  im glad i found this message board.  i am 30 years old, live in ontario canada.  i have had anxiety for as long as i can remember, mostly in social situations.  but as ive gotten older it has gotten worse... and i experienced deep depression on and off over the past few years.  i really dont know if i am bipolar or if its anxiety/depression... if anyone has any advice, id really appreciate it.  
 
i had seen a phyciatrist for the first time last year and he said i am bipolar, but he only spent 20 minutes with me and most of the questions were about my mom's illness.  he asked her to come in the room and he mostly questioned her about her illness. my mom is bipolar, she was diagnosed and hospitalized when i was 17 years old (im now 30) - i never wanted to have a mental illness or be sick the way she was... it terrifies me.  the thing is... i saw my mom being manic and i saw her depressed.. and i am sure that i have never been manic before.  thats mostly why i dont think im bipolar.  but it is possible that i am in denial about it, because i have always had a fear of getting sick like my mom did.  the doctor has prescribed me anti depressants and lithium, but i refused.  i dont know how the doctor could talk to me for 20 minutes and diagnose me with such a serious mental illness.  isnt there a brain test they can do to confirm if there is an illness or not? or at least a proper and thorough examination that can be done??
 
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olivia of course
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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope,

I wanted to welcome you to the HW family and the Bipolar Forum, I am glad you are finding the support that you are looking for here.

There is not brain test or a simple way to find out if someone had bipolar or not. It is usually after the review of your moods, family history, past manic/depressive episodes, anything else that might help in getting you a correct diagnosis. There is sometimes a genetic link and if your parent has BP, you are at 50% risk of developing it too. But that is not the case, it doesn't always happen that way.

The pdoc seems satisfied to diagnose you in 20 minutes because of your family history. But you are not in agreement with him, id it possible to get a 2nd opinion? This way you can clarify the situation. Best wishes, and please keep us updated on how things are going. Hang in there!
Olivia
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hope76
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   Posted 10/12/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for replying olivia, i was wondering if there is a phyciatric text/exam i could have? even if it consists of just questions, that would be good. i just feel that i waited months to get into see a phyciatrist and i had expectations that id at least spend an hour with him and hoped to find support. but he was cold with his questions and i the appointment was over before i knew it. i have this huge fear of taking medication, mainly because i dont want to change who i am. im afraid that if i take the meds then i will get sick for sure. ive seen my mom treated like a guinie pig, trying so many pills and i could see how they changed her. i do admit that after years they finally found the right meds and im thankful because they have kept her balanced and healthy. i know ive had anxiety for as long as i can remember and ive gone through bouts of depression, but that was after i left an abusive relationship and my x came after me and stocked me - i also lost my business that i had with him, lost everything i owned and went bankrupt... it was a really hard time for me and i became a man hater and shut myself off beause i was so hurt and felt like a looser. all my friends were successful, married happy kids career and i felt like a complete failure. being depressed was awful and the darkest time for me, but it truly gave me time to be quiet with myself to think and reflect on things... which has helped me to grow as a person. dont get me wrong, i worry about the depression coming back (especially because its almost winter, and it seems its around this time last year that i was very depressed). i have gotten a full time job doing bookkeeping and its made me feel better about myself. im trying to put the effort and nerve to talk to co-workers and try and make friends at work. my anxiety is still there, but the longer i work there, im starting to feel a little more comfortable. but if my doctor is right, and if i am bipolar, then it makes me wonder if im manic right now (because im able to work).. i have such a hard time determining if i have a mental illness or if im just human and am reacting to situations, im so confused. well thanks for listening, and although it will probably be a few months before i can get in to see a phyciatrist, im going to make the appointment :) hope76
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olivia of course
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   Posted 10/12/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope76,
I am sorry about your bad experience with the pdoc, I've had a few myslef, and all it does is make you angry.  I know what you mean about medications, I have been on so many different types mostly because they stopped working or had side effects.  But I have been told that I am very sensitive to medications of any form psychiatric or other.
 
I don't think that the meds actually changed who I am or my personality.  They made me feel more complete and that i found what I was looking for.  But it is not for everyone and you should not take something you don't feel comfortable with.
 
I am sorry about the rough htings that happened with your life, you should feel proud that you were able to get back up after such a struggle.  You are strong to make it this far.
One way to find out if you are manic or not is to keep a mood chart/journal of your daily moods.  You can find one at the following link http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/bipolar/mood_chart.asp.  And if you make another pdoc appointment then you can see how your mood has been and you will be able to discuss it better.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  Please know we are here for you. 
Olivia
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Dx:  Bipolar I, Anxiety-Panic Disorder
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