I was seeing a psych since I was twelve and he diagnosed me with major depression and kept prescribing antidepressant after antidepressant.. I was on eight or nine different ones. I quit seeing him as he did not help me. I recently saw another psych who diagnosed me with bpd and could not properly care for me, so I was then referred to a different doc that said I was bipolar. I have researched both and feel that maybe I have both disorders. Any thoughts ?
Sounds like my life story Jay since my 20's and now I'm 51. Each and every p-doc I have ever been to and in the hospital, says something else. The more I read, the more confused I get on all of it. So many of the psychiatric illnesses are all a little too close together with their symptoms. You don't even want to hear all of my diagnosis's through the years. MAINLY... what my doctor tells me now is not worry so much on a specific diagnosis (says they need to write something down for insurance purposes)... but he treats me for the symptoms at each and every visit. So, try not to put too much in any one diagnosis. It really doesn't matter as long as you are being followed regularly and they can treat you with your meds. and adjust them as need be. Hope this was helpful to you to some degree! Take care!
Hello. I agree that the label is not the thing. Treating symptoms is everything for helping and your working with the therapist and keeping track of symptoms is everything you need to do.
When a person is diagnosed, it is up to the observer and the questions asked and answered on that day. Since our days vary, so can a diagnosis. Then the influence of a medication also changes us. So the diagnosis is a summation of past and current. The skills of the physician and the way you are feeling is the initial diagnosis. The later sessions will give a better idea of what is going on. It is not uncommon for this to change. And then there is the billing to insurance that has to have some type of diagnosis. If uncertain, they pick a broad category and make it specific later.
With all that in mind, and that is only part of the process, as you can see, a Dx just doesn't cover the whole person, just what is observed.
No need to guess or second guess. Leave it to the pros. The real thing is what you do with what they give for medications and therapy techniques. That will help you the most. Hope that clears this up a bit for you. Keep working at your feelings and I hope you find relief and a new direction. And only a good doctor with the therapist will be able to change a med. humans are not that good at self diagnosis. give meds time and keep working on regaining your balance in life. you will be better. Karen
I am a huge advocate of the team approach. You need a good psychiatrist, therapist and GP/Internist. The first for your brain, the second for your mind and the third for your body.
You have to treat each separately, but the team treats them together. The exact DSM diagnosis is only important for insurance reasons. What matters is that they work to treat what is manifesting.
I strongly suggest you work with the psychiatrist and the therapist to make sure that the right meds are being used for the symptoms that you have. They will communicate about these things. Be up-front about everything and voice your concerns and the results you want. A lack of dysfunction is the goal. You can do it!
Also, make sure you have no physical problems by seeing your GP/Internist for a good physical if you have not had one in a while.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Hello Jay and that is an interesting question. You can be both with one being the primary diagnosis and the other being the secondary.
For instance, I have been diagnosed with "RMD/SI" and BpD. All that means for me is: a) primary diagnosis of recurrent major depression with suicidal ideation and b) secondary diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. What does it all mean??? The part of "me" that is in tune with my "self" has a hard time relating to others. It means I can be both brutally blunt but not meaning to hurt someone's feelings and can be extremely emotional about others when I do feel it. It is kind of complicated and I don't think too much about it like, "what does it all mean" or "how do I fix this". There is nothing to fix but my own perception of the world and how I relate to others in it.
The secondary diagnosis problem affects me more than the primary diagnosis. Because I have always felt like that and I "used" to talk about it all the time to my psych doctor... that is how I ended up with the primary diagnosis. I have been hospitalized more times than I care to remember and some permanent memory loss has occurred as a result of it PLUS the shock treatments didn't work out so well. I have more trouble understanding the secondary diagnosis because I cannot relate to it. Most of the things I worry about I will forget in 10 minutes... until something like an event or someone says something to me to trigger the flash backs. Even the flash backs don't make sense to me any more... I just wait 10 minutes to forget about it. And on... and on... and on she goes and where she stops; she will always be.
Does that make sense??? I thought so... I do get myself wrapped up sometimes and again... that is because of the secondary diagnosis which I can't do anything about any way.
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