... to becoming Bipolar II... does anyone have any thoughts/information on this?
I haave never heard this. Now what I have heard from years of therapy is that sometimes. Well most of the time, if a person is about to show signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder then the initial signs start alot more mild and usually not as depression. It would be more manic and energized than sad. You'd be extremely happy and outgoing... not lazy and worried. Hope this eases your mind. Bp is not something you would know yiu were developing, not even remotely. So thiss is a good sign. Please try only reading positive outlook information, not things detrimental to your mental health and well being. Try a depression or chur@h support group where you live.
I suffer from major depression and was eventually diagnosed as bipolar. But they are right. I didn't feel sad. I was overly happy, not sleeping, spending money carelessly and I dropped about 50 lbs. I felt great but was nervous about not sleeping and being full of energy, not to mention the rapid weight loss. My pcp ran some blood tests and found nothing wrong. She referred me to a psychologist who suggested I was bipolar. I then to a psychiatrist who dx me as bipolar in a severe manic episode. They have tests you can take which can tell if you are bipolar, just be honest when taking it.
Hi blott - Depression doesn't lead to Bipolar, per se, but if you have a propensity for Bipolar or are genetically/biologically wired as such, the hypomanic (milder mania) or manic episode is what will help the Psychiatrist to differentiate between Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar I, II or Cyclothymia (listed in order of most to least severe in symptoms, diagnosis, etc.), and will help to determine exact diagnosis, prognosis, treatment choices, meds, etc. Until some mild/major mania is present, its impossible to rule out some of the other disorders. I had many major depressive episodes, but would also have periods of high energy, racing thoughts, need for less sleep, but not excessive, which may be termed 'cycling' or a hypomanic episode.
Then, an anti-depressant sent me into a full-blown manic episode/break, and I was then diagnosed as Bipolar I (originally, was Cyclothymic, then Bipolar II). If your depression doesn't lead to an eventual period of feeling 'up' each time you experience it, then you may not be cycling and may have only the depressive part of the mood disorder. Good luck and don't get discouraged either way. They're both treatable, although it can take a bit of time & perseverance. Well worth it for a sane life. Jillian
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