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   Posted 2/19/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Back in July 2005, I went to a new pdoc as I did not feel I was getting anywhere with the one I had been seeing.  I really liked this new one and felt comfortable talking to her.  There was just one issue I totally disagreed with her on.  She diagnosed me with bipolar.  I know people who live with people who are bipolar and I know some people who are bipolar.  None of them believed I was bipolar, and neither did my former and current therapist.  I have ADHD and some of the symptoms are very similar.  I tried talking to her about the dx but she was insistant that I was bp.  She put me on meds for it and none of them affected me.  I finally went off of them on my own and never noticed any differance.  I finally went to another pdoc in October 07.  She asked me if I had be dx. and I said yes, but did not want to say with what until the end of the appt. so I could get her opinion.  At the end she said I had anxiety, ADHD and depression.  I then told her I had been dx bp and she said she did not see any bp in me.  She took me off xanax, kept me on the wellbuterin, the strattera and klonopin and added zoloft.  She just took me off the wellbuterin.  I cannot tell you how much better I feel.  I have thought about sending my former pdoc a letter telling her why I left.  I did see her a couple of weeks ago when I went in to discuss some outstanding charges I had, some of what I did not owe.  We talked very briefly and she was very nice but did not ask why I had not been in.  Do you think I should send her a letter telling her why?  I don't want anyone else going thru what I went thru, being misdiagnosed and put on meds they do not need.

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   Posted 2/19/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
IMO, you do not owe her an explanation. Quite honestly, I bet she has already figured out why. However, if you feel you need to write her, you could just tell her you really weren't comfortable about the BP diagnosis so you sought a second opinion.
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Bi-Polar is a pain sometimes as it can be confused with other dx. (In part or in full) If you have sought a second opinion and you have started a treatment with that person and it makes you feel better, then thats fine. The main focus should be on your treatment and how you feel. You do not have to explain to the previous pdoc but if you want to thats ok too.


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   Posted 2/19/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It amazes me how bipolar and ADHD get confused sometimes... they did the same with my son,except they said he was ADHD, and I did not think that was it because he was ok in school ect ect... anyway he is bipolar and finally getting the treatment that helps.

I agree with everyone else,you really don't owe her and explanation.. just be glad you are finally getting the treatment that works.

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