I feel terribly depressed. My Dr says sounds like ADD but I'm thinking bipolar. I was diagnosed with major depression when I was a teen. Throughout my life I have been on and off antidepressants. I'm currently taking Prozac and now added Wellbutrin XL. I can seriously check every yes there is to bipolar quizzes on how depressed I feel. I don't know what to do. I've had a lot of things happen to me in the last year that I feel may have sparked bipolar disorder or ADD (as my dr thinks). Does anyone really know how to find out what the problem is? Please help.
I'm intrigued how you self diagnosed bipolar disorder as at no stage have you mentioned either one of the really critical criteria for a bipolar disorder type 1 or type 2 to be diagnosed in your enquiry. You do seem have major depression however.
They way to find out is to get a referral to a psychiatrist as KM suggests; who will (should) evaluate you comprehensively over a few sessions. If you are not happy with the first psychiatrist, see another.
I'm really sorry you are feeling out of sorts... I've been there (many times!) and NO you are not crazy :) You may have the wrong diagnosis and/or are on the wrong meds. As others have mentioned... you def. need to see a new Psychiatrist... I saw 4 until I found the right one for me... I was just not going to settle! If you think about it, these professionals are in charge of your Mental Health... that's huge!
I was diagnosed with Major Depression for 30+ years (at the age of 15)... I just found out 2 years ago, I've been Bipolar 2 all along. Now that I'm on the correct treatment, I've been feeling more like myself. (I still have to "ride the ride" of my symptoms) but all in all I'm in a better place.
Apparently being Bipolar is pretty hard to diagnose, because most of us, seek help only when we are feeling really depressed. Obv. I am not a Dr. but here are some of my symptoms in case you are curious (If not, sorry!) : I'm sure you are aware of the Depressive side; but when I am hypomanic... I have "racing thoughts," my "mild" OCD is extemely inhanced, my speech is really, really fast and have the horrible need to talk-even if I have to interrupt others, spending sprees; and last but not least-an incredible amount of energy... and after all of this is gone, I crash and feel incredibly exhausted.
We are all different-but please know you are NOT alone!!! If you start feeling suicidal... PLS go to the hospital!!! I have (several times). "If" you are Bipolar, anti-depressants won't cut it; you def. will need a "mood stabilizer... "
I know many out there, might think "who is this?" She is not a Dr. - and although I am not a Dr. - I have a Major in Psychology (which has come in handy) and have been in the hospital several times last yr. until they found the right "coctail" for me.
Lilypad: I wish you all the best and believe it or not... things will get better :)
A person is crazy if they don't fit into society. All cultures define crazy that way. However, you should really ask, what is causing these feelings? crazy means nothing. A diagnosis is a way to define treatment possibilities. No one, and I mean no one, can diagnose the self or another without years of training. Going through the checklist gives indications. However, the professional looks at patterns and severeness of symptoms. So don't worry about a label. Get someone who you can develop a good relationship, whether a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental,health professional. Then work together to find your solution. Pills fix nothing. The work you do will help with taking a medication. There is no magic pill to help us. There is real work we can do to figure out what is causing troubles and what can be done to change that. This you can do.
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