I'm by no means an expert but maybe I can give you some advise. When I was diagnosed about 3 months ago, I took a test at my counselors office. I don't remember the name of it. Any psychiatrist, pscychologist etc, will have this test and rate you based on your answers. I'm glad you are seeing your psychiatrist soon. Make sure to ask him/her what they think. Be very thorough with your answers and give all details. If you have to write them down to remember, do it.
The way I understand bipolar is a dramatic swing from one pole (mania) to the other pole (depression). There is also anxiety invloved. I'm what they call a rapid cycler. I can swing from one end to the other in a matter of hours or days. I can also swing a bit slower, by weeks. I do bizzare things in my manic phases. I'm not a happy manic, I get angry. I tend to spend ALOT of money when I'm in my manic phases. I had to have my sister take my credit cards from me. I'd then come home and open EVERYTHING so I couldn't return it. I get very mouthy with people, don't care who, police, court clerks and judges, even the poor grocery checker. I've come really close to being thrown in jail for my mouth. I develop severe road rage and play chicken with the car I'm mad at. The list goes on and on. When I'm depressed, I stay at home, in my PJ's, wanting to do nothing, go nowhere and just shower and put more jammies on. I won't answer my phone, talk to anybody, and this list goes on too.
We just readjusted my meds again for the third time in about 6 weeks. This round seems to be working better. I can't keep going like this. Money is already tight and I'm making it worse. But looking back on the last 8-9 years, I can see all of these things were there, I just wasn't diagnosed. I just thought I was losing my mind.
If you are bipolar, there is help out there. I've learned that the hard way in the last few months. I'm trying very hard to come to terms with my illness. Some days are good, others are bad. Just take it as it comes.
I hope this helps you a bit. Good Luck!
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