I am 28 years old and the past few years have been rough.
Sept 2007 I went to my local Dr. and was put on antidepressants due to marriage problems (having never been on any meds like that before). I was on the meds for about a month and things got worse. Sept 28 2007 I attempted to OD. (the one and only attempt ever!!!) I was placed in a center for a week (standard procedure). After being there for a day or 2 I was diagnosed as being bipolar type II. They put me on Wellbutrin, Lamictal, and provigil. (I was on seroquel, ambien, and xanax as well but stopped taking those as soon as I left the hospital because I was a walking zombie!!) I kept seeing a local psyc. and he added abilify and took me off the provigil. We only talked about my symptoms, how I was doing etc, but the visits only lasted about 30 min tops. (seen a max of 2 times a month). Nov 2008 I stopped taking to meds because I was putting on weight like crazy and I couldn't stand that. I have kept a very close eye on what I was told were my symptoms and triggers etc. for my "manic" episodes. Here's the problem: I have had no symptoms of bipolar since I stopped my meds. Even with continued marriage problems, and other issues I have had no manic episodes at all. I am however noticing one thing: I can not focus or comprehend sentences when doing my classwork (yes I know college at 28, but atleast I went back-LOL). Tests are not a problem because all I have to do is match text. However when it comes to essays or discussion topics, I just can not do it. Tonight I have re-read the same exact sentence 15 times and I still can not tell you what it was saying.
Is this the bipolar or could it be something else like ADD/ADHD. What worries me is the hospital diagnosed me within 2 days (I have been told it takes much longer) and my psyc. took their diagnoses and ran with it (whom I haven't seen since Nov.- I know irresponsible).
Any ideas??? Please help I don't want to seem like a crazy person when I go back to see him (or another dr.)
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Hi, I've recently been preliminarily diagnosed with bipolar II (from my GP - awaiting psychiatric assessment) and have been put on Lamictal also.
I had been on SSRIs or SNRIs for years (antidepressants) and they made me worse.
I have bad trouble concentrating as you describe but I attribute this to depression.
I also severely doubt my diagnosis.
I wish I could tell you what it were like to be bipolar and help you decide but I have asked a very similar question here! (Perhaps it would be helpful to look at my question on my profile - it's rather long, sorry - to see if anything sounds familiar to you).
I would say that my depression has been severe enough to cause me severe distruption in life (uncharacteristically dangerous, violent behaviour, losing jobs etc,) but I have never seriously considered suicide so the fact that you have worries me. Are you still having suicidal thoughts?
It is possible you have unipolar (common garden, if you like) depression and not bipolar but I'm only really saying this because you haven't mentioned any "high" episodes above (which of course doesn't mean you don't have them) and, of course, depression is also a symptom of bipolar.
I would say that if your inability to concentrate is coupled with insomnia, high energy, feelings of elation, racing thoughts then you COULD be suffering a hypomanic episode (though it still could be anxiety). Whereas if you feel very low on energy, weak, achey, hypersomnia etc. your depression is causing the lack of focus.
These things are incredibly difficult to detangle to somebody not proffessionally trained to do so. I, too, think you were diagnosed rather hastily and I would have expected you to have more time with a psychiatrist for a full assessment to be completed. They'd need to know how you'd been, in detail, for years, surely. This is what worries me, also, as within 10 mins my GP diagnosed me with bipolar II based on a brief description of a feeling he identified as a "mixed episode" without really asking any questions at all.
I would recommend a second opinion and, if you are worried, ask to be referred long-term to a psychiatrist who can help to answer your questions.
Good luck with it, and good luck with those exams!