I haven't ever had a manic episode,just depression?I have had generalized anxiety(with panic attacks) and depression for years. I don't ever recall any episodes of mania where I didn't feel like I needed to sleep, my talking became fast and furious, indulged in risky behaviors, etc. I do not understand why they changed my diagnosis. I don't think I am getting the proper meds because of the misdiagnosis. I am also getting addicted to the ativan which does me wonders for the anxiety issue but is contributing to my depression. Finding and getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in my area is difficult. They haven't been listening to me either it seems.
What do I do if I believe my diagnosis is wrong?
Added 13 Jun 2012:
My wording on this issue confused some members.I was diagnosed bipolar but I haven't ever had any state of mania. I have , however, always had anxiety....to the point of 4 to 5 panic attacks a day, and depression. I used to medicate with alcohol to get rid of the always on edge feeling, and of course got more depressed since alcohol is a depressant. ( I have now been sober almost 20 years) I did suffer a major depressive episode requiring hospitalization when I first quit drinking. Since then I have been on all types of antidepressants.Most have been less than helpful. The only thing that seems to make me feel somewhat normal is the ativan. I know it adversely affects my depression. It feels like a catch 22....get rid of anxiety and stay depressed, or put up with the panic.
What you have described is mania. What medication are you on? What kind of dr diagnosed you? If you truly feel the diagnosis is wrong, you're going to have to find a psychiatrist and get a second opinion. I agree that the Ativan might be causing depression, and maybe klonopin would help your anxiety without that.
Aniexity is hard as i have been dealing with it for years. Yes I have been given several labels but after some research on my own I tell the doctor what I feeling using some of the quotes directly from the site I feel that fit my feelings. This also help me get a better understand of what I am feeling and what's I need from my dr.
Don't be too concerned with what the title is just make sure you Are on the correct meds And receiving the correct treatment for you.
Sometimes writing things down before my appt helps me.
If this doesn't work get a second opinion.
Hi, i was wrongly diagnosed in the past so i understand your concern. The only type of doctor that should have given you the Bipolar diagnosis is a psychiatrist. As already suggested i would seek a second opinion. I know you say it is difficult getting to see a psych in the area where you live, but this is really important so it would be wise to go a bit out of your way if it means you getting a good assessment. I was diagnosed by one psychiatrist (in another country to where i live) as Bipolar. Then about 6 months later i was assessed as having BPD. Misdiagnosis does happen.
I found Buspar very helpful when I was having problems with anxiety in the past. I doesn't have the sedating and addictive properties that the benzos have. Going impatient may help you in the "getting a diagnosis" issue. I had a severe form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which took over 13 years to get accurately diagnosed. It can be tricky - some symptoms don't reveal themselves until you are further along in therapy. I was blessed to see a trauma therapist (a psychologist) for 13 years - he sought out, and even went with me twice to specialists to help me get an accurate diagnosis, based on symptoms I was having. It also helped me get - words - for what I was experiencing - having a common language to be understood helped a lot - like "dissociating" - until you can describe it, and have a name for that, how do you talk about it? He really helped me a lot.
Are you in therapy? I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you haven't been seeing things get any better. The meds don't cure you - they help stabilize you to the point where you can work on your issues. Hope this helps - ElizaJane
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