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Jade212

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Hi
I’m currently in the middle of being diagnosed. I’ve seen the mental health nurse and doctors etc they have diagnosed bipolar I’ve been referred to Psycahyrist my appointment should be very soon. I’m just wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect please because I’m feeling all over the place.
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Hiya and Welcome to the forum. I am diagnosed bipolar and understand its a confusing time. I challenged my diagnosis initially as it came as a bit of a shock. When you see the pdoc (psychiatrist) remember you can say you don't want something as well as agree with him/her. I refused to be put on lithium because of my other health conditions for example. I was put on Lamotrigine as a mood stabiliser instead which works very well for me.

A lot of the mood stabilisers are anti epilepsy meds for some reason! So don't be surprised by that. If you are planning on having a child in the near future, refuse Sodium Valproate as it is not recommended in pregnancy and can cause problems I understand.

They usually ask you lots of questions about your moods and if there is any patterns to them, like cycles of behaviour. I don't have a pattern but many do.
 
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It's normal to be nervous. When I was diagnosed in 2017, I didn't want to believe it. It took me three months to accept the truth. Once I accepted I was mentally ill, I started to get better results in therapy. I was going and still go to therapy once per week and I see my psychiatrist twice per month. Things have been a little difficult for me of late and I'm going to an inpatient facility instead of going back to the hospital. There will be emotional ups and downs but if you stay committed to taking your meds and going to therapy, things will get easier over time.
 
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Thank you both for taking time out to reply to me. It has come as abit of a shock tbh, I knew in myself something wasn’t right but I never expected it to be bipolar. I have noticed 1 or 2 things that seem to be my triggers ie something’s at work etc so I try to avoid them. I’m also a single mum of 2 I have great support from the kids father but it’s making me really nervous about medication and having bipolar with being a mum. My head is just so full with million and one questions.
 
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Don't let yourself get too upset based on "Hollywood" cliche's about bipolar. Their interest is in telling stories, not truths.

I have borderline personality disorder, was diagnosed 20 years ago with it... and nothing changed. Mind you, it too me nearly 15 years to actually look it up on my own - at that point, I was like "wtF?!?!" I literally said "Why didn't people tell me this was serious?".

Do some reading on Bipolar. Get an idea what it means from the outside, that is, outside your experience. Just ignore teh judgements and cliches. I just find it's easier to guard against bad spells if I have an idea of what, clinically, is happening.

don't mistake the potential of what it can mean for what it means for you.
 
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After I was diagnosed bi polar, I read a book by Matt Haig Reasons to Stay Alive

It helped me put some perspective around the illness and managaeing it.
 
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Hi Jade,
Welcome to the forum,
It is scary receiving any diagnosis, it's good you have mental health services input.
You'll still be a great mum, just take care of you.
Please do use the forum for support.
Hugs
 
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Nothing changes from the day before now that you have a diagnosis, that is just to keep the doctors organized. I have been diagnosed with different mood disorders from almost every doctor I have had, currently I am labeled bipolar 1 which I don't think explains my psychotic issues but it is what they are calling it. Most recently a doctor recommended to me "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know" by David J. Miklowitz, I am about 2/3 done with it and have found it very interesting and informative. Once I am done I figure I will loan it around my family/friends.

Good Luck!
 
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Thank you all again for all your advice it really means a lot. I will definitely buy the 2 books that you people have kindly recommended. Reading all your lovely messages has made me feel a little bit less nervous. I think it’s the whole scary new diagnosis that’s sending me into a spaghetti junction in my head. I will take all your advice on board and do some research and see if I’m able to manage my moods etc better. Again thank you all ❤
 
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