This all sounds like a stuck record.
You say you've been to a number of psychiatrists who misdiagnosed you.
Kiwi says he's been to a number of psychiatrists who misdiagnosed him.
Now, I'm saying, I went to a number of psychiatrists who misdiagnosed me.
What's going on here?
You say: " saw psychiatrists who gave me antidepressants, 6 different ones at different times, they never worked."
And "i think i treated Lyme as much as i can, and after spending time online the last week, i truly believe i am bipolar. Wether it is related to lyme i don't know, but i have to look into treating bipolar."
You said, "i truly believe i am bipolar." How did you come to that conclusion?
You said: "So, would there happen to be a list of approved doctors or places to go?" (I think you're meaning a list of psychiatrists here who meet the specs of your insurance."
Then you add, "i don't want to risk being misdiagnosed again." Which would be the psychiatric thing.
So we're looking for a list of psychiatrists to satisfy our ins. company. I think any of them that are psychiatrists will be OK with your insurance.
1. I would go to your Real Yellow Pages in the computer phone book. Look up psychs for your hometown. Some will be men, some will be women, take your choice. I've had better luck with females psychiatrists and regular doctors also, and because it was a male psychiatrist who screwed me up. Does that remind you of anything?
2. Here's another deal. How do you improve your chances of getting a good psych?
A. One time I took an assertiveness training class. Got to know by name the head of the women's health center department at the hospital where the clinic was put on. I went to her after one of the meetings, and asked her, "Do you know the name of a good psychologist?" And she gave me one, who was very good.
B. When I needed a psychiatrist, I called a woman who was the head of a mental health organization, a woman I had met before, and I asked her for the name of a female psychiatrist. She said, "D. Jane Smith. I'd go to her myself."
I've been going to that psych for about
4 years. She's the best such doctor I've ever had.
So, you could call a women's health center, often they're at a local hospital, each hospital probably has one and you can call the main switchboard. Ask if anyone can recommend a good psychiatrist.
Along with "Mental Health Clinics," call these places, there could be 3 or 4 in town, and get some names.
"My psychiatrist informed me while I was thankfully hospitalized, he said it takes time and detailed documentation to form an accurate diagnosis. Personally I had six different psychiatrists inaccurately diagnosed me; all diagnosis were on an outpatient structure."
Six psychs miss-diagnosed this guy, about
like with you? What's going on here? So now his properly dx'd as bipolar, just like you think you are.
Same experience with me. Miss dx'd as depressive for over 15 years.
All 3 of these united in that they went into the doctors' offices depressed. The psych sees them as depressed. He rx's them as depressed.
What's wrong with this picture? In all 3 cases with probably 10 psychs, none of them ever asked, "Do you ever have racing thoughts?" trying to find out if they are bipolar.
Why didn't they ask? I've never heard a psych say a word. They sit there and listen for the entire session. They don't say anything, how could they ask?
How did you figure out you were bipolar?
I learned from a lay counselor who knew my uncle, who he said was bipolar, and added, "And you probably are too." Notice, it wasn't through a psych that I learned that.
I then realized my mother's mother was bipolar, and that's where I got it from. Which was a big help, for it let me knew it wasn't my fault, and its good for getting a good dx.
Were your parents or gp's with emotional problems? It can sometimes skip a gen., so even if your parents were OK, it could come from a gp. I would ask around, sometimes aunts or uncles may have had that, another sign of that.
Here's signs of bipolar from mayoclinc.org. You might take this list to your next appt. and go down the list with him or her. Just as safety precaution. And if he or she doesn't agree, you can get another doctor.
Mania and hypomania
Mania and hypomania are two distinct types of episodes, but they have the same symptoms. Mania is more severe than hypomania and causes more noticeable problems at work, school and social activities, as well as relationship difficulties. Mania may also trigger a break from reality (psychosis) and require hospitalization.
Both a manic and a hypomanic episode include three or more of these symptoms:
•Abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired
•Increased activity, energy or agitation
•Exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria)
•Decreased need for sleep
•Poor decision-making — for example, going on buying sprees,
taking sexual risks or making foolish investments
Major depressive episode
A major depressive episode includes symptoms that are severe enough to cause noticeable difficulty in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships. An episode includes five or more of these symptoms:
•Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as irritability)
•Marked loss of interest or feeling no pleasure in all — or almost all — activities
•Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite (in children, failure to gain weight as expected can be a sign of depression)
•Either insomnia or sleeping too much
•Either restlessness or slowed behavior
•Fatigue or loss of energy
•Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
•Decreased ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
, planning or attempting suicide
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 4/17/2017 10:30:20 PM (GMT-6)