Diagnosis with Bipolar Type two (with more downs than ups) or something else?

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   Posted 11/14/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
my name is Sheryl and I've been diagnosed with Bipolar Type two since 2005. however several second opinions point toward a more personality disorder such as borderline instead.
I've been on lithium for about a month now as I had a recent hospitalisation and i know about it's famous side effects.
Could the two illnesses be comorbid and is it safe to take lithium if say i'm really not bipolar?

Just some worries i have.

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   Posted 11/14/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyrehs,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

The two illnesses are often comorbid, I believe, but I can't tell you about whether or not you should be on lithium. Only you can say whether or not it seems to be helping. I don't think it's going to hurt you, as long as you follow your doc's instructions. But if it's not working, then I would definitely talk about it with your doctor.

You should talk with your psych about your question, though. You want to make sure you're being treated for the correct condition.

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   Posted 11/19/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheryl,

Yes these two illnesses can be comorbid. I have been living with Bipolar type II and Borderline Personality Disorder since 1996. I am currently on Lithium and have been taking this med since 2003. It seems to be helping some days, others I'm not as sure. I struggle with depression most of the time now, but I do still have mood swings. Unfortunately, BPD compounds the issues that arise from Bipolar by causing severe emotional cycles throughout the day. In addition to the medication I take, I also participate in individual counseling and DBT (Dialectical behavior therapy) to learn to regulate the symptoms associated with BPD. My goal is to have stability in my life and each day I do my best to work toward that goal. This seems to be one of the most difficult journeys I've ever attempted. I have struggled with relationships with friends and family. I have struggled with employment. I have struggled in almost every aspect of my life. Most days I try to keep my life as boring as possible, avoiding the drama and crisis's that seem to accompany bipolar and BPD. You have a tough road ahead of you, but if you keep the goal in mind and work hard, anything is possible.
Hope this is helpful,
Stephanie Fryer
J Lodge HR Support

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   Posted 11/20/2009 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply. It's very relieving to hear in some sense that there are others out there in the same situation.
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