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merci

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Hi! I am new to the forum. I have been seeing a great psychiatrist since November, she diagnosed me with depression and put me on AD and recommended psychotherapy. I have made good progress since then but unfortunately this lady is leaving the country (I live abroad, where many expats live) and I have had to look for someone else, with the aim of continuing with the psychotherapy. I met a new psychiatrist today. After 40 minute interview, he diagnosed me with Mixed Affective States and prescribed a mood stabilizer. When reading the notice I was shocked to see that this is normally prescribed for BP sufferers. I have suffered since I was a young child having a father with BP and this is the worst thing that could happen to me. I believe I have a depressive tendency but I don't believe it is BP.
The question is, can a psychiatrist diagnose someone after one initial interview? I feel a relationship between a doctor/patient should be developed before diagnostic?
What do people think? This is such a complicated disease and I am terrified of being diagnosed with it. I have been through too much pain having someone close suffering from it. I am scared of inflicting the same to my husband and my three beautiful children.
Thanks to anyone who might be able to give me some support. Anything will be appreciated.
 
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Hi merci And :welcome:

I think the validity of the diagnosis really depends on the depth of the interview and what was covered. It's not impossible for there to be a correct diagnosis after a 40 minute interview, but I can understand that you have doubts. Maybe it's more about the symptoms you describe having, than your relationship with the psychiatrist.

You can always get a second opinion from a different psychiatrist if it's that important to you.
 
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Thank you for your time! I actually spoke to the lady I used to see (it was her last day at work yesterday) and she said she didn't feel I was BP because the manic phases are not there. So not sure what to do.
 
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