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Help with this diagnosis please?



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Mar 20, 2010
Hi. I am a 22 year old male from Glasgow. Over a month ago i was discharged after a 6 day spell in a psychiatric hospital with depression as well.I am currently on Citalopram 20mg which i have been on for approx 9 months or so.When i left the hospital this treatment has continued.The form i took to my GP said that my diagnosis is(and i quote) "Recurrent Depressive Disorder - probable Bipolar Spectrum".Does this diagnosis mean i have Bipolar or possible have Bipolar?I see a psychiatrist at the end of the month.Thank you for reading and i appreciate all your answers


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Feb 20, 2010
It means that whilst you have been in hospital they have assessed you and noted you are depressed, ‘Recurrent Depressive Disorder’ means they must be aware you have had more than one episode of depression.

The fact they have put possible ‘Bipolar Spectrum’ means that you don’t have an actually diagnosis of Bipolar yet but they are considering it, i.e. they need to monitor you more possibly in outpatients or via the CMHT but they might already be aware of a mood disorder, i.e. if you have talked with them and given them signs of ‘highs’ or ‘hypomania’ they will be looking at a diagnosis of Bipolar.

It would be a good idea to speak with your psychiatrist explain you read the letter he asked you to pass to your GP and you would like to know more about how he has come to the conclusion of a possible diagnosis of Bipolar... it’s always good to ask questions.


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Oct 10, 2009

All psychiatrists have to diagnose you according to the DSM-IV, so they probably can't diagnose you properly until they match up the criteria. It's a weird system really, considering people are all different, but it seems to work...


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Jun 26, 2009
It says possible so they don't know
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