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Cyclothymia - Getting Closer

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dancerpainter

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Hello everyone!

So last month after a 10 minute assessment with some locum psychiatrist I was diagnosed with Cyclothymia... It's a step closer to the correct diagnosis of Bipolar II.

The Cyclothymia diagnosis is a complete joke. 12 months ago another psychiatrist told me I didn't have Cyclothymia because whilst I had a history of severe depressive episodes they had not seen any hypomania so could NOT diagnose Bipolar II. Oh but they did tell me I shouldn't take anymore antidepressants because they made me hyper and affected my sleep.

Fast forward to now and here I am with Cyclothymia so I have clearly experienced hypomania but now my severe depressive episodes are only mild...

Recently undergone this quick fire assessment after an OD caused by 8 weeks of very little sleep and bizarre behaviour. I most definitely experience Mixed Affective States and I took the OD just to sleep, the second in 13 days.

This new assessment saw this psychiatrist prescribe lamotrigine but three weeks in I've had to cease it due to side effects.

I've lived with these swings in mood for more than 20 years so pretty much know the signs of when a crisis is occurring. However I am not supported by a MH team.

My actual diagnosis is EUPD and I don't dispute at once I had traits and fitted this diagnosis. However always suspected I had Bipolar running alongside it. EUPD traits have gone thanks to therapy, but I still experience depressive episodes about twice a year alone with both hypomania and mixed affective states, the latter being the most scary.

Asking for help in a crisis is a nightmare as this year I asked for help early on because I knew where it was heading, nope all the MH assessment team saw was someone with a diagnosis of EUPD, so no help in crisis. Eventually 6 weeks into crisis I took the first OD, then a second. After the second after 8 weeks of distressed anxious agitation my mood switches again and my sleep returned to normal.

I've vowed never to ask for help in a MH crisis ever again.
 
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I'm a little confused. You say you want a different diagnosis but don't want to be helped by MH services. It could be that they need a longer assessment of your needs. I am diagnosed bipolar 2 and understand all too well how hard it is to get MH help when you need it. But keep asking if you feel you are going to OD again and ask them for immediate help. If you can't get access immediately go through your GP for a referral.
 
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dancerpainter

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I didn't ever say I don't want help from MH services. I said I vow not to seek help again in a crisis, because no matter what they constantly focus on a incorrect diagnosis of EUPD and often this results in my crisis getting worse because they refuse to see what is actually happening.

I waited 4 months for an assessment this year only to end up in front of a trainee psychiatrist who decided to pull up the criteria for EUPD on his computer and tell me I had an unstable mood - this was how he felt I met the criteria for EUPD.

As for immediate help, that's a joke. September I sought help because I knew I was in a crisis, not taken seriously. Home based treatment team didn't want to support me. Sent away. 13 days later I was back in A&E MH declined further, this time I told them I wanted to be admitted, I gave them no choice. I did get a bed in a private hospital where I stayed for four days, but not before rapidly coming off what meds I took because my stupid MH trust did not send any information over on what meds I was on so the private hospital couldn't prescribe them. I left the private hospital because it made me worse, then the two OD happened 13 days apart, the first I went under the home based treatment team who did nothing for the time I was with them.

I"ve had more assessments in the last two years than I care to think of and still they focus on old stuff and old diagnosis.

As for GP, have a great one whose as flustered as I am with services. No point in more referral because they won't accept me on the CMHT.
 
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