not sure if i'm bipolar 1 or 2

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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with bipolar many years ago and have been on more meds than carter has liver pills. i have also had many psychiatrists and therapist. none of which diagnosed me with either 1 or 2. i think i have a combination of both. is there such a thing????

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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   


I ask my Pdoc the same exact question and he said I am a mild case of BP1.

He explained to me that since I had told him I am very successful in my career and I am a top performer that he is classifying me as BP1.

If I was a BP2 I would (most likely) not be a functional employee and would have issues that would carry over to the work force.

That’s a start to gauge something on but it’s not everyone.

I take BP2 would be the people that have uncontrollable spending and then depression a very manic-depressive state one who is extreme excitability, excessive activity, racing thoughts then you cycle downward to a depression state.

I think this would be more of a BP2.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi catrin,

Welcome to HW.  It really depends on what kind of symptoms you have, and how those symtpoms pattern...if they do at all have a pattern.  I can recommend a book Why am I still Depressed? -Jim Phelps.  It's an excellent book from an excellent source.  Dr. Phelps really knows what he's talking about.  It's about all the complexities of bipolar and its different forms/types.  I think it's quite common not to be a clear type 1 or type 2.

Hope that helps :-)

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Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Trazodone 50mg/day & Lamictal 100 mg/day

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   Posted 1/9/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Catrin73,

Welcome to the board, it's good to have you. Mogli is right, lots of people don't fit neatly into the categories. For example, type 2s aren't supposed to haved mixed episodes, but I do. Go figure. Like everything, they're guidelines. Most docs now talk of bipolar existing on a spectrum instead of just 2 categories. Here's a site that talks about the spectrum:

There are many other authoritative sites out there. Are you currently seeing a psych or someone you could ask? Are you just curious? Incidentally, this categorization can change over time, my doc said.

Again, welcome to the site,
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum

Bipolar II
It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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   Posted 1/9/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Catrin73,

Welcome to the forum. I agree with what everyone has already said. Dr. don't like to diagnose very quickly these days, especially since it takes years for the disorder to manifest. Also as Serafena said one can have symptoms of both BP I and BPII. But it as common thing that happens these days. If you really want to know as your Dr on your next appointment and how it is bothering you and they might let you know. A Dr. I saw in the past told me that diagnosis is not as important as getting the treatment that you need. The treatment plans such as meds are pretty much the same for both, and it is usually up to the individual. Good luck on your search!
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 1/11/2008 8:47:30 PM (GMT-7)

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