After yrs diagnosed with severe chronic depression they added bipolar two. I... think it just isn't quite up to bipolar I. I made 2 trash cans full of chili sauce, had a 1/4 acre garden and canned, froze everything. I bought $2,000 worth of relaxation tapes within a month, had 67 animals on our 10 acres and did it all in one year. That made me bipolar II?Is this Bipolar II? Nothing helped they gave me for it. You can add unconditional irratibility to that
6 Jun 2012
Don't let these labels get to you. You know, the medical community has lots of paperwork to fill out, and I guess they have to call us something, ya know? Same thing happened to me because at one time in my life I was having a lot of trouble with relationships, so, bipolar!
Often times 3 different dr's will label you 3 different things. Go figure! Hang in there, hope this helps.
7 Jun 2012
What you described in your question, along with your mostly depressed self is called a hypomanic episode. That is the definition of bipolar type 2, mostly depressed all of the time with maybe one or two hypomanic episodes in a lifetime. And when you do have a manic or hypomanic episode, no telling how long it will last,
usually when you start the slide down into the dark slimy hole... you can tell the happy days or irritable days are over. Mania is different for different people each time you cycle. There are also rapid cyclers that swing back and forth from depression to hypomania monthly, weekly, or even several times a day.
So the symptoms you described are exactly like mine, hence the same diagnosis. After dealing with me for 43 years, it really is quite easy to recognize in others.
Maybe the psychiatrist didn't know bout your manic episode, so he can't make an accurate diagnosis. But after years of major depressive episodes to having a manic zinger... classic type 2. Believe me it is just as devastating as type 1, just different.
Anymore questions, just pq me.
12 Jun 2012
I have to agree with balbanese, don't get these labels get to you--- I suffer from Bipolar Disorder type II, I'm currently on Lamictal for the mood swings, depression it also help with anxiety disorder. With me I don't get the urge to go these shopping sprees... beside we don't have the money. My main problem is the anxiety, my psychiatrist told me Lamictal and Risperdal they do help with the anxiety.
These disorders are insane.
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