I've been in therapy and have been prescribed Citalipram, diazapam, prozasin, ans trazadone for the last 15 years. Heeding my first therapists warning that the reason so many people relapse back into bipolar behaviors is because they start to feel better and stop taking their medications. So I determined not to make that mistake. I've live a life as near to normal (that setting on the dishwasher not life) that I thought was possible considering what life off the meds is like for me and worse for others. However I have never been able to achieve what my psychiatrist calls a balanced terrace! So a few months ago he came back from a conference filled with all these new studies and would I take part in a new study on the bipolar condition. Without getting to lengthy here part of the study included hypnosis and regression sessions. Wow talk about rock my world again and again! At the completion of the study I had way more information than I cared to ever recall, I had 4 new disorder diagnosis and a sleep study showed a big fat 0 zero for delta sleep. My meds were changed and believe me that was as bad a jolt as the new information that seems, he said, to have been neatly tucked away in dusty file boxes in my brain. Did my psychiatrist just jump on a new band wagon? Is it possible to have been being treated for a bipolar condition for 12 years and NOT be bipolar? And from the looks of the new Med list I'm beginning to wonder if my body (one kidney only) is going to be able to handle this? Being bipolar didn't scare me, what he is suggesting now terrifies me! Any suggestions or answers? Thanks so much.
Hi, kiana. Given the right (or wrong!) doctor, any diagnosis could be incorrect. You might consider trying for a 2nd opinion - you can have your files sent to another doctor so as not to have to repeat all that testing. It's sounds like you've done reasonably well on your original meds - at least you've kept some sense of humour and function, even if it's not perfect. Good luck to you and I hope all goes well. WC
Well, obviously you need a second opinion when it comes down to something such as this. Bipolar has got to be the most overlooked reality for many people who are being treated for everything but what it is that they really have. My sister for example was diagnosed as having ADD + Depression as an adult. She now knows in her heart that the lack of focus is coming in cycles with periods of over productivity to the exact opposite. She however is not willing to stop the stimulant medication cause it makes her feel good. Obviously taking a stimulant medication while being possibly bipolar can have extremely negative results. We once were very close friends and still are to an extent, however have drifted apart if for no other reason than she now lives and works in Europe while I live in Chicago making for any persuasive conversations impossible.
Our life goals are have become extremely different, I have a family and she would want to have nothing of the sort (as it currently should be).
This is an example of only one of many probable misdiagnosed cases of bipolar. I personally have ptsd and have almost no memory as being anything but 12 and up. When I get flashbacks they are vivid, emotional, and honestly horrific. One moment being happy and fine, the next flung back into childhood wanting to slash and or put myself to sleep in order to make it stop. I am actually going to make a post in regards to this as I'm personally struggling.
I guess that what I'm trying to say is that while it is possible to be misdiagnosed, most people who have ptsd KNOW that they have ptsd due to the unmistakable symtoms that may manifest itself in a oddly large variety of ways (I have no memories as being a child vs. modifying a memory making it on the surface candy coated, however being nothing but an illusion of truth). If I was to be misdiagnosed for anything it would be for multiple personalities as I'm a regular guy who within a second can be thrown down into a total different mental state as well as personality.
As was mentioned more than once, you do need a second opinion, or... maybe you know in your heart if this is a true possibility or not. Bipolar is one of the more difficult to manage situations and I know that you would not want to go from a correct diagnosis to an incorrect diagnosis. How were you when the meds were finalized? I can't help but imagine that that would in some way be an indicator if this is possible or not. If they helped and or worked, then hey, bipolar or not, those meds work for you.
I am of course not a doctor or anything of the sort but just a guy who has way to much baggage. These are only my thoughts as I've never even achieved a bachelors degree. Doctors have to spend a chunk of their lives dedicated to the study of mind medicine and body in order to walk away with the certificate (a friend of mine became a psychiatrist, and I've almost always just known and assumed that he was in school or something of the sort. He now as was originally intended helping those who are often not wanted as patients - those who are in prison). Your doctor may or may not be right, but I certainly am not a doctor.
I hope that this is of some sort of help to you,
I have so many friends who have been misdiagnosed as bipolar when they were eventually diagnosed with PTSD. Often, having PTSD we present with bipolar like symptoms sometimes or we get OCD sometimes for periods of time - even though we may not have that diagnosis. Or, another way of saying it, maybe a better way, is that we may talk about having problems with obsessing over things and thinking that we may have OCD, for example or we may talk to our dr about having extreme depression or feeling extremely great - or, .. i don't know - perhaps, somethings that seem like bipolar symptoms? I don't know if this is making sense. I have talked with people about just this topic recently - about how we with PTSD do sometimes present with symptoms of many conditions - but they are just that - "sometimes" - that is key in talking to our drs.
Some of my friends do have dual dx of bipolar and PTSD. It can be very tricky to diagnose these, especially when a person has PTSD - maybe even more so when it is CPTSD. Increase the difficulty when the person has no idea what is bothering them - when they don't know they have or if they might have PTSD or if they've got amnesia to childhood trauma(s).
I'm sorry this is being so frightening for you. It is a good suggestion to ask for a second opinion - if only to help you feel more comfortable and safe. You may find that you have a combination diagnosis like many do or that you won't need as much medication - how great will that be : )
I hope you get the best of news. Please let us know how you are doing. I care xo BB
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