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Dr's say you can't have this illness till 18? I'm 16...

HEllO TO ALL, well i am a 16 year old girl and i am worried i have bipolar,i do study psychology and know fairly a lot about the condition and my father has it, i have had a sort of hard life and at times have had thoughts of suicide however i am a massive wimp and would never hurt myself although i did once cut my arm on purpose and feel kind of guilty for that but i felt overpowered and i did sin, i have high morals and meditate and this allows me to never reach that point again but i wake up every day doubting my mental state and questioning, i have phases were i get aggressive quite easily and can barely sleep and i do literally feel worthless but i also have phases were i think i may be a genius or of some special importance,or cannot stop working and life is a blur, i am unsure what to do, because many doctors say you cannot have this illness till you're 18 and don't diagnose below that, but what if that is too late, i am constantly paranoid and scared, it irritates me and evades m thoughts and it's nice to just write it down tbh rather than bottle it up, i know you probaly won't read this but, oh well...
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replied October 25th, 2012
I have read it and can give you an answer. I am now 22 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 16. I had 2 mania episodes and one severe depression. The last one happened when I was 18. Since then I haven't had any problems, no mania, no depression. Of course, I felt sad at times. My main problem is now my lack of self-confidence and because of that, anxiety. I can tell you that I asked many times: why me?, but it is not that hard to seek for peace. I am now at the point where I take only one pill in the evening. My doctor is very confident in me, and tells me every time that I look very stable.
I know what you go through, better than you think. But I can tell you this. Even if you have this condition, it is not as bad as it seems. Sure, it is a hard battle, a constant struggle with yourself, maybe awful times when you feel alone, scared, a prisoner. You are not! Your character defines you, not your problems. You seem to me as a very intelligent young lady. If you want, we can talk some more as I've been to very similar situations when I was 16.
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replied October 25th, 2012
P.S. Sorry for my eventual spelling mistakes or wrong expressions. I am not from an english-speaking country. Smile
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