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Old 06-17-2012, 02:15 AM   #3
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Re: Psychiatrist vs DR. Psychologist regarding BP Diagnosis

HI. Sorry you're having such a tough time.

It's not completely unheard of for Pdocs (psychiatrists) to come up with different DX's for the same patient. When you start looking at the DX's you notice they're not all that different.

Your Pdoc DX'd you Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder

BiPolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder are the same thing. MDD is the Unipolar Depression if your took the Mania away from BiPolar Disorder. When you have Mania and Depression you get BiPolar Disorder. Nowdays this is treated with all types of meds antidepressants, ant-seizure meds, anti-anxiety meds, mood disorder meds, anti-psychotics. The type of med used to treat BiPolar Disorder is not as important as the Cocktail of different meds and what works.

The Therapist w/Doctorate added in ADD

BiPolar Disorder patients having a DX of ADD tossed in is also not that unusual. So don't be too alarmed by this.

It all boils down to what and who your most comfortable with. If you like your pdoc and he is taking well care of you and generally your able to stay in a stable state while on your meds, then stay with your pdoc. Every therapist, counselor, pdoc, inpatient.

Take care,


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