Re: MISDIAGNOSED for 5 years.....
It's amazing how often people get misdiagnosed. I've got a friend from college who would do odd things like driving off and disappearing for days, only to be found wandering around in a stupor. We all knew something was up with her mentally, and her doc diagnosed her with BP and prescribed heavy doses of lithium. She had a case of the shakes for a while, and I think her twenties were still pretty rough. In high school she was the cute blonde cheerleader type but her weight fluctuated drastically after that, and the bloat from lithium surely didn't help.
Now she is a happy and healthy 30something who's married and working a stable job. She's not medicated at all, but she takes extremely good care of her mental and physical health via exercise, accupuncture, etc.
I envy her sometimes because she used to be worse off than me, but now I'm the one on drugs. However, I know exercise alone won't help me work out the problems I have.
And yes, I was misdiagnosed myself for my entire adult life until a few short months ago. I'm doing much better now and feeling more normal than I've felt in a long time now that I'm treated as BP rather than merely depressed.