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Given a different diagnosis today - I'm gutted, scared and didn't see it coming :(

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Given a different diagnosis today - I'm gutted, scared and didn't see it coming :(

I saw the psychiatrist today. She said that they think that rather than bipolar I have schizo-affective disorder. I've tried to stay away from all of this for so long. Stayed in work for 15 years. Stayed away from mental health services - for what I thought was the better. I had to stop work recently as things started to change out of nowhere. I didn't see it. I didn't expect to be told this today. I don't feel I can trust my mind at all. I don't feel like I can trust other people. I can't believe I didn't see this coming. I had to get help this time. I was so depressed. I thought it was a good move that I did eventually. For a little while. Started to feel a little better. But this...i don't want it. Feels like everything has closed in again. I feel stupid, angry and scared about the future. I can't comprehend it all. A short time ago I was working. It feels like overnight the rugs been pulled from under me. :low:
 
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Goodness

Take all diagnosis with a grain of salt PLEASE!

Just like physical health MH CHANGES

a person can recover

A DX can be wrong

Best
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The term Schizo can have alot of scary and negative connotations. Don't feel scared about the future. To my understanding it just means that during a mania the person may feel paranoid or experience a few experiences similar to schizophrenia. If you are starting on a new medications I would strongly suggest to give them a try and see how you feel. Discuss your diagnosis with the nurses and doctors who will put your mind at ease.
 
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Just like to emphasise schizoaffective disorder IS NOT schizophrenia.
 
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Hi Bright eyes,
Sorry for what your going through, I have been very angry and are scared about my future. I know how your feeling, have you tried any counselling or therapy? Did the dr start you on any medication? I have found ant-psychotics have helped with my anger.
I hope your feeling better very soon.
Take care
 
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The term Schizo can have alot of scary and negative connotations. Don't feel scared about the future. To my understanding it just means that during a mania the person may feel paranoid or experience a few experiences similar to schizophrenia. If you are starting on a new medications I would strongly suggest to give them a try and see how you feel. Discuss your diagnosis with the nurses and doctors who will put your mind at ease.
Thanks. I will talk to them. I was just a bit shocked today. I went to the appointment thinking everything was improving and it wasn't as bad as I thought but left thinking that I'd completely misjudged everything again. Like I can't keep track of what's going on.
 
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Hi Bright eyes,
Sorry for what your going through, I have been very angry and are scared about my future. I know how your feeling, have you tried any counselling or therapy? Did the dr start you on any medication? I have found ant-psychotics have helped with my anger.
I hope your feeling better very soon.
Take care
Thanks, I just didn't see it coming and I don't understand it all. I feel juped. It's easy for bdu to say take it with a pinch of salt. I can't do that. Everything is changing. I can't ignore what she said today and hearing that I've been sicker than I even realised is hard. I've had more medication added. I guess I should shut up and put up. I just can't seem to cope with all these changes.
 
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Thanks, I just didn't see it coming and I don't understand it all. I feel juped. It's easy for bdu to say take it with a pinch of salt. I can't do that. Everything is changing. I can't ignore what she said today and hearing that I've been sicker than I even realised is hard. I've had more medication added. I guess I should shut up and put up. I just can't seem to cope with all these changes.
OK I went to a fancy psych for a court case and $3500 later one of the many many possibilities he listed was schizoaffective disorder so I DO think I'm qualified to advise you to Not Panic.

It was Suggested, same as you.

Doesn't mean you've Got It! Or will have it forever even if you do!

Paranoid PD was also suggested.. I'm the least paranoid person I know.

I have a LIST, from this one expensive shrink, highly qualified for Court work, basically shrugging. Could be this could be that.

I'm driving for a 2nd opinion BC in NY opinion, I'm no longer diagnosable with anything except perhaps mild depression.

I freaked out too then learnt about sad and realised, its not that bad anyway as it's not schizophrenia more learnt behavior so can be healed.
 
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I didn't say you weren't qualified. I'm just expressing what I feel about what happened today. It's difficult to take it with a pinch of salt. That's all. Im finding it hard to do that. If I could I wouldnt be here in the first place. Thanks for your comment but everyone is different. I don't want to have to think about any of this. I don't want to be ill. I don't want to see doctors and stop work and all the things that have happened. I don't want them or it. I want things back. Sorry
 
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I didn't say you weren't qualified. I'm just expressing what I feel about what happened today. It's difficult to take it with a pinch of salt. That's all. Im finding it hard to do that. If I could I wouldnt be here in the first place. Thanks for your comment but everyone is different. I don't want to have to think about any of this. I don't want to be ill. I don't want to see doctors and stop work and all the things that have happened. I don't want them or it. I want things back. Sorry
Don't be sorry but do read up and try not to panic

A different day, a different doc - you may not attract the label at all.

MH is like physical - you can recover!
 
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I didn't say you weren't qualified. I'm just expressing what I feel about what happened today. It's difficult to take it with a pinch of salt. That's all. Im finding it hard to do that. If I could I wouldnt be here in the first place. Thanks for your comment but everyone is different. I don't want to have to think about any of this. I don't want to be ill. I don't want to see doctors and stop work and all the things that have happened. I don't want them or it. I want things back. Sorry
Hi,
It's not nice seeing Dr's or being ill, your grieving your old self. In time you will accept, Dr's do make mistakes like BDU said. Many people work with mental illness. I know it's scary.
Take care
 
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Hi Bright eyes

I am sorry to hear about your new diagnosis. I know it is a shock. You are still the same person, just they have given you a new label. It will get easier to deal with.

It doesn't necessarily mean you won't be able work again.

I have schizoaffective disorder.

Sarah xxx
 
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How does you know what to do? you needs to listen to your own bodies. If they are not getting better or are getting worse, they need to be seen. My patient needs to understand the dynamic nature of illness and expect change. My patients often tell me, “Doc, I’ve never had the flu. I am healthy; I eat healthy and take vitamins. I don’t want a flu shot.” Staying “fluid” means recognizing that just because you have always been healthy and never had the flu doesn’t mean that you will always be healthy and never get the flu.

Staying fluid means that just because you have always had reflux and chest pain doesn’t mean that your chest pain will never represent a heart attack.

Please, don’t get so comfortable with a diagnosis that you miss a chance to make an early diagnosis of an intervening illness or a significant change in a current illness. The life you save may be your own.
 
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Experience with head doctors: Take diagnosis with a pinch of salt like others have said on this post. And don't worry your self about it. Stress can make things seem much worse than they are.:BLAH:

I met with loads of specialists when I was younger. Doc's with PhD's etc. Having seen over 5 specialist they all said different things. And none of them could provide a diagnose of any kind.

One thing I can tell you is throwing meds at patients is something they like to do. Ill or not.

Meds typically pacify a person ill or not they have he same/varied effect on different individuals...

''Although you have not been diagnosed. Would you like to try a variety of different meds? see if your symptoms decrease''. :rolleyes:
 
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Thanks. I will talk to them. I was just a bit shocked today. I went to the appointment thinking everything was improving and it wasn't as bad as I thought but left thinking that I'd completely misjudged everything again. Like I can't keep track of what's going on.
Do loads of research for yourself about it and see if there is anything that you don't identify with or might identify with. It might be that its very mild.
 
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