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how can i get a quick diagnis for bipolar i'm so sure i have it, it was suggested a few years back by psychiatrist but i dropped out of care and have managed somehow but it's getting exhausting and i know i need help soon. can my doctor diagnose me or do i have to wait for referral? just want to start feeling more normal soon...

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replied March 25th, 2010
Bipolar Disorder Answer A10907
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the Bipolar disorder diagnosed in 2006 and treatment discontinued by you after 2 weeks of therapy.
As you have described, you have multiple problems including substance abuse with heroin in past and marijuana now along with past relationship issues for which you are attending some counselling sessions. Multiple studies have demonstrated a negative impact of substance abuse on clinical outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder. Some of the characteristics of bipolar disorder, such as impulsivity, poor judgment, and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities, predispose to the development of substance abuse disorders. Substance abuse is associated with more mixed depressive-manic episodes, increased frequency of mood swings, and more hospitalizations in bipolar patients currently abusing substances than in bipolar patients without substance abuse disorders. You must see your physician promptly who may refer you to a psychiatrist for establishing the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and deciding the course for further management in view of coexisting substance abuse.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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