Could I be Bi-polar?

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/13/2005 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been lurking on healing well for many months now and have posted in the depression section. I have suffered bouts of depression sence I was in the 9th grade, which would go on, and then off, the depression lasting as long as years, and the "being fine" lasting for between 5 months-12 months at a time. I never noticed the pattern before a short while ago when I had not been depressed in a very long time and felt myself going back to that dark place I knew there was just something wrong and it was only then that I began recoginizing a pattern. I had an unfortunate begining and I just figured that every time I would become unhappy or depressed it was triggered by something unplesant. Each time I am happy I think I will be fine, that I will never become depressed agian, and than everything will be ok, that I am free now and forever from that dark place, that I am a new person. But somehow it seems unavoidable. I have no visions or voices or frantic talking/working behaviors, and what used to be months/years of depression fallowed by a similar itme of fineness is now turning into weeks or even days of each at a time, sometimes each mod only lasting a day or two before the next comes up. Is this common with Bi-polar?. I have a friend whose mother is Bi-Polar and who needs to be hospitalized she is so bad, she talks about evil, and demands, and consperacies, and has visions, and is always doing drugs. Mental conditions are so misdiagnosed I do not even know if a doctors help will do much good and I do not want to be drugged out of my mind on 5 or 6 diffrent medications hoping something will work. I have used St. Johns Wart which seems to have a possitive fast acting effect on me but when I am feeling better it is hard to remember to force myself to continue on this, and i just feel I am ok and do not need it. Is this the start of bipolar only to get worse/ or is this soemthing else? Maybe just plain depression.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/13/2005 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Mlbsss,
Wife is Bi-polar and also suffers from depression.  I can say that she started with depression and panic attacks.  I don't know if you suffer from panic attacks also.  I didn't gather that from your post.  My wife had told me that her depression at the beginning would last for weeks.  There were times when she didn't want to get out of bed.  She didn't have any motivation to do every day tasks.
She had a traumatic event happen to her when she was 25.  That event set in motion a downward spiral which culminated in the bi-polar surfacing.  I can pick up on her mood swings very easily now that I know what to look for.  Before I met my wife she used to spend money like crazy.  It was a high for her that made her feel good about herself.  However, that would only last a short time.  Then she would slip into depression again.
My best advice I can give you is to see a psychiatrist about your symptoms.  The Doctor may be able to clue you in on what's happening in your life and with your body.  Mental illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain.  That's what I've gathered from some of the books I've read.  Hopefully you will see a doctor that will only prescribe medication if it's deemed necessary.
I wish the best for you.  Also, stay in touch with this message board.  I've been online with this message board for about week and I've found allot of support and good advice.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 5/15/2005 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think given your symptoms, that you are BP.  Unilateral depression, which is alternating between fine and depressed.
You can't be diagnosed as BP without at least one true manic episode.  Symptoms include: staying up for days at a time, needing none to very little sleep; feeling like you are superwoman, like you can do anything, inflated self image, feeling like everyone else is slow and stupid, quick to anger (rage) and extreme irritability, spending sprees with absolutely no regard for the money, promiscuity, obsessions, bursts of creativity, hearing voices, etc.
I don't think you have experienced these things, so don't worry, but definitely see someone about your depression; you don't have to live like that.
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