Hm, tricky one Green. The problem of whether to tell a new doc your previous history or to get them to start the diagnosis from scratch. I think, on balance, I'd have done as you did: always good for them to have as much detail about
your past treatments as they do about
your presenting symptoms -- and, let's face it, some docs rather enjoy being able to prove others wrong. I do find it a bit bizarre that your current pdoc can't make a diagnosis, though. Are you sure he's not still thinking bipolar? He may have taken you off the Lamictal (some people do have bad reactions to this even if they are bipolar), but he's got you on lithium, right? I don't know of that being used in the treatment of anything other than bipolar.
The EEG may be a good idea -- don't know much about
those...! At least you'll be seeing a specialist who should be able to help. There's every chance this will be the key to your treatment, but if it's not I'd change pdocs and find one that's willing to go back to the start and revisit your diagnosis. You need a firm yes or no on the bipolar front -- and if it's a firm yes (whatever type of bipolar you have, and, as you know, there are *many*), you need to work out a treatment plan for that. If it's not, then you can start addressing with your doc what the issue really is.
By the way, you say you're an alcoholic -- are you still drinking, or are you using the term as many recovering/recovered alcoholics do (i.e. once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic)? If you are still drinking there's every chance that the drinking is heightening your anxiety and otherwise interfering with your diagnosis and meds. If you are still in that place, please push treating that to the top of your agenda: it will only compromise your attempts to address the other things if you don't. Pleanty of people here have struggled with alcoholism and I'm sure would be very happy to talk to you about
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