I was diagnosed Bipolar 5 years ago, I was angry, I was talking very rapidly etc...my new psych has gone over all my medical records and she had a book with all the psych. diagnoses in it. She read one to me that has my name written all over it......Borderline Personality Disorder. it is very common to mix up the two. I am now off seroquel, lamictal and all my psych meds except Wellbutrin. I feel better than I have felt in 10 years..if you ever doubt your diagnosis, as I did, many times. go to an new Dr....Kahlia
I have seen many things BUT the most terrible thing I have ever seen was the lack of compassion for another.....................Kahlia
Great post Kahlia, with Bipolar you'll have the definite swings from depression to high.
My niece-in-law has Borderline Personality Disorder - in some ways a more challenging disorder than Bipolar..
I wish you the best,
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.