Do i contact my doctor about this or continue taking my medication normally?
as you know; bi means 2 and uni means one, and that one being clinical depression ALL the time. Bipolar is to have an occational manic or hypo-manic eposiode. The hallmark here is a feeling of being very/over confident with grandous with fast thoughts; the other polar and hense BI polar (used to be called Manic depressive).
Is the medication you are on now helping you? That's the most important question. If it isn't helping, or you think that it is not helping enough, tell your doctor right away. But it is very important not to stop a drug until your doctor tells you to do so, as stopping mood medication must be done slowly and under careful doctor supervision.
There are anti-depressent medications used in the treatment of bi-polar as well, so even a change in your initial diagnosis might not necessitate a change in your drug prescription.
I too, was diagnosed as depression for a few years. The resulting drug treatment really wasn't working for me, and my 'gut' told me that simple depression wasn't the correct diagnosis. My health coverage changed, and I went to the psychiatrist there for evaluation. She diagnosed me as cyclothymia, a mild but serious form of BiPolar. There are many shades of BiPolar, not just type I or type II as most think, and symptoms can vary. My medication and supportive treatment was changed as a result of this change in diagnosis, with very good results. I'm now on a bi-polar medication and am doing very well. My moods are much more balanced.
You know yourself better than anyone else, you are the only one inside your own head 24/7. If something inside you believes that your initial diagnosis is incorrect, tell your doctor.
Good luck to you.
your should definitely contact a doctor, but not a GP as he is not really trained in all of the symptomotology. If you are experiencing feelings of grandiosity or long periods of euphoria, can't sleep, followed by periods of depression that you just don't want to get out of bed, or do anything you normally find pleasurable, then you MAY have Bipolar I Disorder. However you need to be seen by a trained psychologist, or a psychiatrist. This is not something that you can diagnose yourself. For more info check the SAMSHA website, NAMI.org, or the floridapeernetwork.org. They may be of some use to you. Good luck.
hi aine090 how are you?? just responding to your question. have you ever been assessed regarding bi-polar or have they just come up with chronic depression?? my advise is that you see your doc and ask for a second opinion regarding this as there is a big diffrence between bein depressed and having bi-polar disorder. then they can change your medications to suit your specific needs. also could you describe your behaviour,feeling's, ect!! then reply back to me about this ok. hope this may help you. cheer's. bevck41. :))))
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