Hi! I am new to posting and everything. I think that this is only my second or third post. Anyway, I don't understand what Biploar really is. I am asking about it because of an "incident" that happened to me about a year ago, now, that in the end resulted in a great friendship.
The summer after my senior year (2003; almost 20-- next month: Oct.) I was at a friend's house and was joking around how neither one of us had the guts to call a teacher we had both had. She actually had gotten the guts and called her and she was even home. It took my friend a while to get me on the phone with her. The ex-teacher has really helped me since my senior year and her friendship is what resulted. She (ex-teach) gave me some numbers to call and told me "that if I wanted to, I could call her back afterwards," in which I did. While I was talking to her (called her back) I found out more about she and her new fiance's engagement and everything. As we talked, my friend left the room and then returned with 2 uniformed police officers and 2 paramedics as well. An officer eventually was able to get the phone from me and talk to my teacher. She explained to them the situation and the fact that they were misinformed-- that I was NOT AT ALL suicidal-- yes, I have tried in the past, I will admit it! The officers were going to let it go but she also talked to one of the paramedics (ONLY FEMALE of the group). She refused to leave unless I went with them. My friend, teacher, finally was able to coax me to go and that she would meet me, there, at the hospital. When she arrived, at first, they refused to let her come where I was, but when they finally did, she could not believe what kind of room they had placed me in. See, she had had plans to go out that evening but gave them up to stay with me-- she kew I wouldn't call my family (mom) or anyone else and such. She stayed with me for over four hours while I was there. She even started filling out the paperwork, she knew me that well. She would ask the one who evaulated me questions and such. I willingly signed myself in and they said that I could willingly sign myself out at any point. I was there for about three days in which I did not eat, bathe, use the bathroom, etc., and lost 8 lbs. I left AMA. While I was there, they had given me Topamax and the doc who was "assigned" to me said that I was Bipolar. Many of my friends, including the one who was my ex-teacher, have come to the conclusion that I can not be Bipolar and most likely just suffer from Clinical Depression. I bought Jane Pauley's book "Skywriting" which talks about her battle with this disease. It is helping me in a way.... I have bought many books on Bipolar and none of which has helped me better understand this disease nor helped me see if I really do have this disease.
Now, I know a "doctor" did diagnose me with this disease, but I don't and neither do my friends and family believe that I have this disease! For I show no symptoms! Please give me any and all information to better understand the disease and such. Thanks to all; especially to anyone who posts back! ^_-