You met for one hour and she had a diagnosis? Or had you been seeing her for a while and after her full work up she came to that conclusion? I'm sorry to be nosy, but that seems odd to diagnose after an hour. Is that normal? I am glad you are getting help. I know this disease is so hard on us physically and mentally. I know some days it is hard to get up. This is a great family though, so keep coming.
Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 5/7/2008 11:01:51 AM (GMT-6)
Hi Ne Ne,
I agree that who is doing the diagnosing is very important. The meds for bi-polar disorder are heavy duty,...they take a while to kick in and there is usually a trial period to determine the correct dosage....My daughter was suspected of being bipolar. In fact she was diagnosed by one psychiatrist and was on Lithium, which caused her to be very nauseous...and didn't seem to work all that well. She went thru months of increasing, decreasing the dosage until they felt she was stablilized. about one year later, we had to change psychiatrist, and she decided that she wasn't bipolar. She kept her on the meds, but then when she had to have her gallbladder out, she went without them because they were just adding to the nausea too much. She's been off the meds now for over a year and is doing just great. I think the first diagnosis was incorrect. She still takes Celexa(an antidepressant) but is just fine without the lithium. She gained a lot of weight when on the lithium and is having a terrible time taking it off. .....good luck.... I will keep you in my prayers...hopefully all will be better for you very soon. Mary