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Might I have bipolar?

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MeMyselfAndI:)

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I expect this forum is flooded with this kind of thing, but I feel I need to say something. :S

I think I might possibly have bipolar. I have all the symptoms, scored high in all the tests, and recognise myself in the descriptions of it. I don't want to get myself checked out yet in case I'm just being a drama queen.

I often feel really hyper, carefree, self confident and full of love for everyone. At times like this I happily do favours for people, hand out and have fun with friends, lend people money and so on.

At other times, I feel very low. I usually try to keep this to myself. At these time I feel worthless and that the world is giving me a hard time. I'm less kind to people and very quiet, usually not speaking to anyone at all. I tend to sit in my room and quite often cry.

If you want any more information, please do ask. ^^

Thanks,

MeMyselfAndI:)
 
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Hello and Welcome

You seem to have high and low moods, but only a Doctor can tell you for sure

The Medical system is now extremely competent and organised

Don't be afraid to talk to a professional - they won't lock you up

Please feel free to tell us anything you might have left out

We're not Doctors, but between us there is loads of experience
 
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MeMyselfAndI:)

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Thanks for posting~

The problem about seeking medical help for me is that I'm actually only a teen, so I don't think I could do it on my own. I don't want to tell my parents, not because they aren't loving and understanding, which they are, but because it could go two ways: they might think I'm being a drama queen, or they might panic and get flustered and upset.

Also, I've read that bipolar tends to be that the lows and highs last fairly long periods of time each. I'm not like that: they can last a few days, or even just a few hours. :S
 
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Hi MeMyselfAndI

Unfortunately we are not professionals on this site and even if we were it would not be possible to diagnose you just by going from your posts.

The mood swings you mention may be a normal part of adolescence, rather than a specific problem. Your hormones may be influencing the way you feel as well as the day to day issues that all teens suffer. I had terrible moodswings as a teenager and I don't suffer with Bi-Polar.

If you are concerned that your problems are limiting and effecting your life drastically then I would consider telling your parents. If you sit them down and speak to them rationally and formally they would be more unlikely to consider you a 'drama queen' than if it came out in response to an emotional situation. One thing your parents are likely to be, is an expert of what it is like to be a teenager, as they will have been there themselves!
I wouldn't mention your fears of being bi-polar at this point, just tell them what you are experiencing and how it is effecting you and see what they say.

If you really feel that you can't do that, and you can't speak with another responsible adult then I would see your GP if you are worried. Again I wouldn't self diagnose at this stage just state your symptoms and feelings and see what they say. It is very unusual for Bi-Polar to be the first diagnosis to consider, usually people do not get that diagnosis until well into adulthood and after being under the care of mental health professionals for quite some time, when a pattern of symptoms and behaviour can be monitored. It can take years for such a diagnosis to be made. Some of your problems may have a physical cause rather than a mental health one, but only a GP could assess that upon seeing you.

So please do speak with your parents if you can, they may surprise you in their response, and if you can not do that do speak with your GP. You can do that as a teenager and they will advise you as to what they can and can't keep confidential. Although I would say in most cases it is not advisable to do this without your parents knowing. In some cases it can have implications with your relationship with them if they felt that you went behind their back.

In the meantime please do keep posting. :)
 
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Thanks for the reply~

Yes, that's exactly why I'm so unsure. But it just seems much more than all my friends, and it seems to have been going on for a long time. :S We have a lot of history of mental illness and depression in the family, so I might just be over paranoid because of that.

Thanks for your advice. ^^ I definitly wasn't planning on going behind my parents' backs; we're fairly tight-knit, and I'd way prefer to have their support! :)
 
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