Don't get me started on psy. seeing a depressed patient and diagnosing them as depressed.
And never even bothering to ask "Do you every have racing thoughts?" and a number of other such questions.
As a manic-depressive, I can say that is the usual route that psy. take.
They usually see the patient when he is in a depressed state, and so they diagnose the patient as depressed.
And if they miss-diagnose, they will miss-medicate, and the medicines they give will not treat, in this case, the mania.
I was miss-diagnosed for 20 years, and got an anti-depressant, but nothing to treat the mania.
When I was finally diagnosed right, they gave me something for the mania, also. In this case, it was Lithium.
The first time I took that, I felt like the air had been let out of an overtight balloon. I hadn't realized I had felt so tense for so long. I really wished I had been given the medicine sooner.
And so we hit the year 2016. Modern medicine. Right. They're still doing the same thing.
"I havnt actually been diagnosed by a Dr. for bipolar; but have had several doctors over the years, since 1995, prescribe various antidepressants for 'severe depressive disorder'"
Several doctors? You said several doctors? Since 1995? And it's now 2016? For 11 years they haven't gotten it right? You're making my case for me.
You also say,
"So maybe Ive been misdiagnosed and am bipolar vs just depression?"
Yeah, maybe you've been miss-diagnosed. Welcome to the club.
"I just had a 3day occurrance where my moods went from extreme anger for no real reason, then sadness with 2 days of crying and wanting to die. Today, IM SO HAPPY!!! WHAT the heck! I went shopping to look for a green sweater because I HAVE TO matchMY NEW necklace, and I ended up trying on TWELVE green things, and buying four of them-this happening just 2 days after I was throwing away stuff because I didnt care about any of it!!!"
Well, you know, maybe print out your above comments on the mania and hand it to your psy. Or, take the psy. a copy of the symptoms of mania, and hand it to them and ask, "Well, do you think?" and see what their reaction is.
Your description of your buying spree pretty well says it all.
The fact that you've been able to look for and find a help line, sit down and write a coherent sentence is almost beyond belief. Being both the patient and the caretaker is very difficult.
You're in the 90th percentile.
" I have such biazarre adverse reactions to antidepressants, that I cannot take ANY of them....so now Ive been prescribed SAMe, and I had some of the same symptoms that I got with wellbutrin, paxil, and celexa."
Well, I was in a position one time of feeling I couldn't take any medicines, so I know a little bit of what that's like. Terror.
For depression, I take Mirtazapine anti-depressant. For mania, I take Lithium. Since you have a delicate system, and have had a neg. reaction to several meds, you might want to get a female psychiatrist.
I have one and I do feel more comfortable. Your choice. You might check around at Women's Health Centers, maybe out of a hospital or private group, and ask the director if she knows of a good female psychiatrist, or knows somebody who might.
You might look in the computer yellow pages for your hometown such a group under "Women's Health" and see what it says. I have never seen a psy. who specializes in bi-polar, they all mess it up equally well. It's a joke! No it's not.
Also, I had trouble with psy. meds for 6 months, we'll say, where because of various things, I was con. about taking them. I years later realized what could have done to get myself to take medicine I new I needed.
I could have, cut the first pill in half, or even 1/4th, to show myself that it wasn't going to kill me. If an hour or two later, I was doing OK, I could say, take another, say 1/4th. And just keep doing that until, if I was OK, I had taken the whole pill.
From the Mayo Clinic website, here are the symptoms for mania, one copy of which would be for your psychiatrist:
A manic episode is a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood that lasts at least one week (or less than a week if hospitalization is necessary). The episode includes persistently increased goal-directed activity or energy.
•A hypomanic episode is a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood that lasts at least four consecutive days.
For both a manic and a hypomanic episode, during the period of disturbed mood and increased energy, three or more of the following symptoms (four if the mood is only irritable) must be present and represent a noticeable change from your usual behavior:
•Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
•Decreased need for sleep (for example, you feel rested after only three hours of sleep)
•Increased goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or agitation
•Doing things that are unusual and that have a high potential for painful consequences — for example, unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions or foolish business investments
To be considered a manic episode:
•The mood disturbance must be severe enough to cause noticeable difficulty at work, at school or in social activities or relationships; or to require hospitalization to prevent harm to yourself or others; or to trigger a break from reality (psychosis).
•Symptoms are not due to the direct effects of something else, such as alcohol or drug use; a medication; or a medical condition.