Do a google search and some site have a quiz whereby you rate yourself on a series of questions. Of course, phychiatrists are finding out that their are more types of bi-polar than what is common now. I sometimes wonder if I have it b/c I go really down and then up to a normal level. I don't have "mania" as described most often. Mine is like a straight line that dips down and then comes to the baseline and then dips down again. I would seek a 2nd opinion. 1 session is not enough.
My pdoc refuses to prescribe benzos so she had me take Seroquel for my crying spells and bouts with anxiety. I was a ZOMBIE on this drug. I never thought of using it for sleep. Darn, I s/h tried that.
Here is some info I found about
Where Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Depression Converge
With these difficult to treat depressions the circle closes, as we begin to see traits that have something in common with bipolar disorder, not enough to suggest a bipolar diagnosis, perhaps, at least not right now. Should a future DSM, however, adopt softer criteria, we may well see bipolar disorder broken down not only into I and II - as it has been since the 1980s - but also bipolar III, IV, and maybe even V. Here, truly we are talking about
a multipolar phenomenon.
Dr Akiskal has been the main proponent of an expanded definition of bipolar disorder, one that would incorporate a good deal of the current unipolar population. Dr Akiskal has pointed out that many patients with so-called unipolar depression exhibit certain hypomanic (mild mania) symptoms. Though these symptoms may not add up to an actual hypomanic episode, Dr Akiskal maintains they constitute sufficient evidence of bipolarity, and thus has urged that this population be diagnosed accordingly.
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