As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD. At 16 they decided I had major depressive disorder. Finally at 30 I was diagnosed with bipolar I. Our mental health hospital just got a new psych and he's trying to tell me I'm not bipolar I, maybe I'm bipolar II. His reasoning is I'm mainly on the depressive side. I do go manic and in manic times I hallucinate. Have done for as long as I remember. Not just seeing things, but other senses too like smell. He said that maybe it's something else that causes my hallucinations but won't tell me what. He has seen me twice. I just want to know what should I do? He has stripped my mess down to just Seroquel 500mg and intends to lower that dose too. Should I just stop going to him and go back to managing my own mental health through my GP?
Psych wants to undiagnose me?
- 9 Aug 2016 by darkfool83
- 18 Dec 2016
- bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), mental health, disorder, diagnosis, hospital, health
Added 10 Aug 2016:
Oh I forgot to mention the bipolar diagnosis was made by a Psychologist who had been working with me for about 6 months and he used one of those long questionaires then went through it carefully. This is why I'm cross because the new Psychiatrist has seen me twice 30 mins each time, and I am currently in a deep depression. First week he prescribed me Fluvoxamin which made me vomit alot, 2 weeks later off that, drop valproate and intentions to lower seraquel, which I'm all for the later cos I'm sick of being tired but yeah I really am struggling to trust him.
Psychiatrist are the ones to really the ones who can diagnose you properly since thats what they studied. General practitioners do not study all mental health completely like psychiatrists. I would stay will a psychiatrist for sure until your stable and can just get prescriptions repeats from your gp at that time. Thats where im at now. My psychiatrist told me idont need his services anymore and can get prescriptions from my gp that im taking now to keep me well.
Good luck and take care of yourself!
One thing to keep in mind is that a person with mental health issues can have more than one mental health diagnosis. A person can be both bipolar and schizophrenic at the same time. A person can have both ADHD and depression at the same time, etc. If I were in your shoes, I would put a pause button (as hard as it is!!! ) on wanting a label or name to your condition (clearly, so you can research it and learn more about yourself), and just find treatment that helps keep you healthy, happy, and balanced. I took a mood stabilizer without the diagnosis of bipolar, for example, because I thought it might help my depression, and I didn't care about the labels that might come with it. If it helped, it helped. :-)
Your GP likely knows you far better than the Psychiatrist, which likely makes you feel more comfortable with that person. However, the Psychiatrist has gone through specialty training in this very area of expertise, while the GP hasn't. My GP treated me for 10 years for depression, and things got REALLY BAD. It turns out, I am bipolar, and I needed to be on a mood stabilizer and atypical antipsychotic... and antidepressants were aggravating my symptoms, not helping. It took my GP retiring for me to seek help elsewhere, and being forced to land in the hands of someone new who (thankfully) had a specialty in the area of mental health. She has completely changed my life in only a year.
There are many medical conditions that can cause hallucinations. When it comes to mental health, the first thing that often comes to mind is schizophrenia. However, hallucinogenic drugs can also bring them on, as can a lack of sleep, depression, and certain physiological problems such as seizures, migraines, deafness, kidney or liver failure.
If you are experiencing hallucinations due to a mental illness, it is imperative that you get that under control for your own safety, because a break from reality can lead to danger to yourself and others (that's not judging you at all; that's just stating facts, with genuine concern for your well-being). :-)
The more you work with your Psychiatrist, the more you may feel comfortable trusting him or her; but for now, try to follow their advice as a medical professional. I'm confident that you can get through this and feel well soon, and we will be here for you for all the times in between, and after. Take care of you, Meg
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