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topsyturvy

topsyturvy

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May 27, 2009
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Well the verdicts in. I saw the shrink and he has diagnosed me as Bipolar I rapid cycling. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I went to my group therapy class yesterday, and told my psychotherapist that I thought the shrink was a fruitloop and wanted a second opinion. I was kinda hyper...
She isn't sure whether she can get me to see another shrink, but she said she'd try. I'm suppose to be seeing the 'fruitloop' shrink in the coming week to talk about meds. I'm not even sure if I believe his diagnosis, so should I really go to see him to talk about meds? He seemed adamant that I am bipolar, but how can he tell in one session of only 50 minutes? I feel like I'm being pigeon-holed.
 
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edmonmom

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First, you have to be comfortable with your doctor. That's REALLY important. If you don't have any rapport with this one, keep seeing this one but find another that you CAN relate to.
Do you think you can manage to get a second opinion? That seems to me, to be your next step.
 
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*true-smile*

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i completly agree that you have got to trust your doctor and respect there diagnosis and opinions before considering meds. some of the meds for bi-polar disorder are life changed drugs and decisions that need to be made or not ones to be done lightly, i do feel sometimes that some phycs try to push medication as the easyest option, but not all, you shouldnt be denyed a second opinion because this is a life changed choice you could be about to make but could if possibly be denial? if you think carefully about what he said to you and how you felt consider all possiblities before dismissing it completly and try to find a diagnosis that your happy with in your mind.

i hope the choices that are made are the right ones for u.
 
jax

jax

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Seems a short time to make a diagnoses. I am no expert though. I had a manic episode and it was only after a 6 month admission and my past history (I had had psychiatric care for 20 years) that I was diagnosed Bipolar. As I said - I am no expert - but i would have thought that a longer period of observation would be needed.
Jacqui
 
dib4uk

dib4uk

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I've not yet been dignosed as having cylothymia but i'm being treated as having this condition. I saw the doctor in 2 session and they diagnosed me as having a personality disorder and dissaocitivie identity dissorder.


Original poster if your not happy then talk to another trained specialists. All the best x
 
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