Hi, I need help, not sure what is wrong with me, and my doctor isn't sure either. I've had depression on and off since I was about 15 but over the past 6 months I started to notice mood swings but I just thought this was all part of depression and stress. At first my moods alternated between weeks and weren't hugely noticable. But recently they have been more rapid and severe, everyone notices the change. My 'hyper' moments have been gradually getting worse were I do impulsive, sometimes dangerous things without any thought of consequences. I'm always changing my mind over things and have absolutly no concentration. In between this I have moments of utter depression where I cry uncontrolably about nothing.
I havn't yet said all this to my doctor and so I've only been diagnosed as depressed but I don't feel the same as I did in the past when diagnosed with depression, I actually feel as though I'm going insane. I'm really sorry to rant and I'm probably being a hypochondriac but I could really use some advice before I go marching to my GP
There's a bi-polar symptom primer at the top of the board - print it off, tick everything that applies to you, try, if you can, to write down examples of when/how/how long it affected you for and then go back and see your doctor. You're not a hypochondriac, you're obviously concerned about your symptoms and you've noticed states other than depressive. Mood swings can indicate bi-polar, post traumatic stress disorder and disaccociative identity disorder (and probably other things I haven't read about) - do some internet research, get together as much info as you can and ask for a referral to a specialist (GP's generally don't have enough knowlege to treat mood disorders without specialist advice).
Do it as soon as you can - I hope things go well and please let us know how you're getting on.
I was as confused as you when my moods went from small up/downturns, to large up/down turns. P is right, print the list, write a journal and see your doc. The sooner you are diagnosed, the better your future.
Thankyou so much for your help, I've started making a record of my moods and I found that when I looked at the symptoms lists, a lot of them described me! I'm seeing the doc monday, just hoping everything will be sorted either way. But thankyou again and I'll let you know how it all goes.