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I believe I may have been midiagnosed




I'm 22 years old and have recently graduated from an Ivy League University. During my 1st year I began to feel depressed about my life which led to mediocre grades. I was struggling to find my identity and didn't like my current life, I was seriously overweight (215 pounds and I'm 5'7'.) My mother who has always been a bit of a hypochondriac freaked out and sent me for a diagnosis. The psychologist I saw said that I had ADHD. I have always been a bit hyperactive, but I never had any problems focusing or remembering things in class. The guy recommended that I take amphetamines, so I deferred to his professional opinion and did so.

My mood didn't improve and the amphetamines made me extremely jittery so i was sent to another psychiatrist and diagnosed as bipolar I. I was put lamictal and took it for a year. The drug just made me feel numb, and I stopped taking it 10mo ago but never told my doctor about it since I felt it was easier than dealing with her and my mom. I always filled my prescriptions and just left them there, I still have most of them. I've lost weight since and improved my confidence. I have never felt this normal and ok since high school.

I don't think I'm actually bipolar, and I wouldn't really care much about it until I graduated and started looking for jobs. I know that I should've communicated with my doctor better, and I do want to have a true and correct diagnosis, but I don't know how to approach this. My father recently lost his job and we no longer have insurance, so it's been difficult trying to find a doctor that I can talk to. What would your recommend?


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Jun 26, 2009
I would suggest to make an appointment with a different doctor and be honest and say you have stopped the lamictal and how you feel.

I don't know what an Ivy league uni is, what country do you live in? It sounds like it must be a good uni, well done!

Insurance? I am guessing you are in America then, is there anyone else you can talk to in your mental health team?

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