Hello, Jerichoholic, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
There's no need at all for you to be frightened or concerned about seeing a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment of what you think might be bipolar illness or depression following your dad's death. (It could also be the natural grief following the loss of a loved one.)
These men and women in the field of psychiatry are very compassionate and will know exactly what medications to give you to help you sleep, first of all, and then to ease the depressive thinking.
One of the effects of grief may be that it throws off the chemical balance of the brain. Any strong emotional shock is capable of doing that to a sensitive person. Medication is available now to restore the chemical imbalance and bring your thinking back to its
routine state before you were subjected to the great stress of the loss of a close relative.
Please schedule an appointment at your earlierst convenience and feel that you are taking the first step into a healthy life ahead.
With many good wishes for your recovery.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/8/2012 2:48:48 PM (GMT-7)