|well i got told i have bipolar disorder by 4 doctors but i am pretty sure they are wrong. the problem is, they use a checklist to determine this and everybody is different. my personality (i am a hard worker) makes them think i'm hypomanic or manic. i can admit to depression but thats about it. i have mood stabilizers and antidepressants. i am going to trick the doctors and make them think i'm taking the mood stabilizers to prove a point. i will just take antidepressants. i would bet all the money in the world i am just depressed and they will say i have improved. i dont think anybody else should try this, but i am pretty sure i will be fine. it's too bad theres not a blood test to tell me for sure. let me say again DONT ANYBODY ELSE TRY THIS. you might really need your meds|
I agree with CarolDiane. You need to listen to what the doctors are saying. Mania presents in many ways. It can result in making poor choices and acting on impulse which can lead to trouble. Depression is one side of the disorder. Mania/hypomania needs to be controlled as well. Taking an antidepressant without a mood stabilizer will escalate mania. I hope you will reconsider your decision to withhold the mood stabilizer. Have you done any reading on the disorder? I suggest you do some research on bipolar disorder. Once you have the knowledge you can discuss your diagnosis with your doctor. I hope you will do this for yourself.
|I am 21 years old and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about a month ago. I know it is early on but I was just wondering if anyone else had a hard time accepting it? I saw a few doctors who all came to the same conclusion about my illness and had blood work done etc...but it just makes me sad to think that at the age of 21 I am already suffering from a mental illness. I already struggle in the dating scene (haven't had a date in 3 years-mainly because I have been abused and am now afraid of relationships) - but being bipolar is not going to help me open up to people (especially guys). I have started taking lamictal and it helps a ton. I have never felt so balanced and at peace in my entire life, so I know the help I am getting is good for me- it is just hard dealing with it because I am in college and far from my family. I confided everything in a friend of mine who took it upon herself to tell almost everyone we know-including teachers (which did not make my life easier). I am just wondering if anyone else had a hard time accepting their illness. Any advice on how to be at peace with everything? Advice on dating? Maybe I just need someone to talk to. Any replies are welcomed.|