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I am wondering if i may have a form of bipolar disorder, i have terrible mood swings where i can be lying curled up on the floor crying uncontrollably even thinking about suicide and then just a short while later il be running round the house singing happily thinking life isnt so bad, i can change from one to the other very quickly and I know this isnt normal behaviour but i cant control it. I find myself thinking and doing destructive things that arent in my character to do. I have been recieving treatment for depression for years but nothing works, i do have more episodes of intense lows than highs. I scare myself sometimes, i actually attacked my partner recently which is something i would never normally do and i honestly can't really understand why i did it. When im really low i have thoughts of self-harm and on a few occasions have hurt myself. I dont see the point in going back to my doctor as they'll just say its depression. Could it be bipolar?

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replied July 4th, 2011
Bipolar Disorder Answer A24654

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the mood swings that you are having. These look like bipolar disorder which is characterized by mood swings. The mood swings vary from depression to mood elevation.

Treatment usually consists of the mood stabilizing drug-lithium, anticonvulsants, antipsychotic drugs and benzodiazepines. In this condition, treatment is lifelong and relapses are common after discontinuation of the medicines. So it is important that you consult a good psychiatrist and start with the treatment so that worsening of symptoms does not occur.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and regards.

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