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Hi,

I would like to tell you all a little bit about myself and the symptoms I have, and ask advice about good psychiatrists in the hampshire area.

I am 46 years old now and have been suffering from poor mental health since I was 17 years old.

Early on I would describe my mood as very depressed and angry, I feel I was bullied during an apprenticeship I was doing and the feelings of anger and frustration and depression built and built until I eventually broke, had 2 or 3 breakdowns over a 4 or 5 year period, cut off all my friends, job hopped until another breakdown, where I would breakdown emotionally and run away from the situation.

The common theme running through my life from there has been long periods of depression where at times I cannot function at all, constantly fatigued, needing unnatural amounts of sleep, unusually clumsy, struggling to get words out, unable to process information if someone is talking to me, extremely irritable and a very short fuse leading to hulk like anger outbursts, I tend to hide away during these periods, and use short sunny holidays to escape for a week or two in the hope of averting another crisis.

Shorter periods where the clouds lift and I feel on top form, ideas flowing fast, enjoying exercise and music and life, funny, the life and soul, wanting to be sociable but trouble sleeping because of a 'wired' energy, a kind of internal buzz?

Any ideas or does this sound similar to anyone on here who has a diagnosis.

Also if anyone can reccomend a good mental health psychiatrist in the Southampton/Hampshire area.

All help gratefully received
 
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it sounds a bit like bipolar, bc you describe depressive episodes and then a period when you're happier. i think you should talk to a professional to see what it could be, and in the meantime stay safe.
 
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Hi Fire ant welcome to the forum :welcome:
 
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I agree it sounds like Bipolar disorder. This is a condition that features periods of depression that alternate with high energy, euphoric periods of great activity. You will want to describe these symptoms to a doctor or psychiatrist as left untreated they can be dangerous.
 
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I have a very good psychiatrist visiting me on Monday, he will most likely give me a diagnosis
 
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