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Doctor thinks im Bipolar

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Sarah902

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Hi everyone. So I've been on a number of medications for anxiety for years. Never thought that they ever worked. I also have depression. When my anxiety gets extremely bad I get panic attacks then I get exhausted and depressed from the whole thing. My psychiatrist thinks I'm bipolar on a low scale
I looked up the symptoms of being bipolar and I don't believe i fit into that category. I am aware that medications can be used for multiple symptoms. Now I'm taking an antipsychotic for bipolar. I'm not confident that it even works. I'm starting think that they just make up diagnoses as they go. I feel uneasy about the fact that she thinks I'm bipolar but my family and coworkers disagree that I'm not.
 
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Darknesssdaughter

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Hi. The doctors get much more money from diagnosis like bipolar, schizophrenia etc. Comparing to the diagnosis of depression, anxiety.
Maybe you should see a new doctor to see if you really have bipolar because you don't need to take the wrong treatment which can do more harm.
 
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Sarah902

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I thought about getting a new doctor it's just such a process.
 
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celticlass

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How are you doing? Oh it must be awful to be somewhere where you have to shop about for treatment. In the UK we could ask for a second opinion. Anyway I guess the main thing is do you feel the anti-psychotic is making any difference? Seems you need discussion with Doctor to ask for clarification as to the reasons why bipolar. I have to have a similar sort of discussion coming up soon. Keep us posted.
 
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Sarah902

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How are you doing? Oh it must be awful to be somewhere where you have to shop about for treatment. In the UK we could ask for a second opinion. Anyway I guess the main thing is do you feel the anti-psychotic is making any difference? Seems you need discussion with Doctor to ask for clarification as to the reasons why bipolar. I have to have a similar sort of discussion coming up soon. Keep us posted.
I think it may be making a difference it's so subtle and hard to notice.
 
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celticlass

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With me the difference I noted was that I somehow felt more 'settled' in my own skin. Been off it for 6 months and not happy with that but it was making me physically I'll so it had to be stopped. I need an alternative.
 
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