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Old 09-22-2003, 10:34 AM   #1
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Unhappy How do I know if im Bi-Polar

I go from being overly excited and happy, to very depressed or angry in a second. I go in and out of the moods alot during everyday. I also have trouble sleeping and am constantly tired. A friend of mine suggested that i might be bi-polar but im not sure how to tell.

 
Old 09-22-2003, 07:01 PM   #2
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The only real way to get a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is through a doctor..
There is alot of leeway in symptoms because there are actually 4 - 5 different types of Bipolar or Mood Disorders that are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Your symptoms could be those of someone who is:
1) Bipolar, Mixed
2) A normal teenager
3) Someone with a rough childhood
4) Etc.!
I don't know how old you are, but have your parent's expressed any concern about your behavior?
Keep a journal for a while and make a note of your moods - that would be really helpful if you do go to see a doctor..
Let us know how you do!

 
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:16 PM   #3
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from what you said it sounds like bi-polar (manic depression) "manic" is when u feel like you are on a high and you feel like you have lots of energy, and like maybe paranoid, my boyfriend who is bi-polar says he feels "famous" like everyone knows everything about him and people are actually watching him, when he's "manic" he feels like the world revolves around him. and gets irritated very easily.
"Depression" is the opposite to the extreme, he feels like hes worthless and no one really cares if he exists or not. When hes depressed he thinks he's all hes got in this world. he gets very aggitated and will say offensive things to me and anyone. he doesnt care if what he says hurts people because he feels like "people have hurt me, so i can do it back" Sometimes he talks about killing himself. I dont know if what you feel is as extreme as this, but you should go and see your doctor to get assessed. i dont mean to scare you but around 70-80% of people with bi-polar (who are not on medication) end up comitting suicide.
My bf is not on medication and refuses to take medication but i keep a close eye on him and am with him practically 24/7.
If you do have bi-polar, please take medication, its good that you have taken the 1st step in realizing you have a problem, most people dont even realize it themselves.
Take care and good luck.
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Old 09-23-2003, 08:50 AM   #4
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I know that part of my moods are from being a typical teenager but i go back and forth more than anyone i know. little things will bother me when im down ten times more than when im not. and i have contemplated suicide. ill be 18 in decemeber. i honestly dont know what my mom thinks about it. i usually lash out at her and cant bring myself to apologize. it bothers me because i feel like im going to lose her. added to that i also have never experienced having a boyfriend or anything that goes with it. i was talking to a friend of mine whom i've helped in the past, shes got a bone disorder and used to be anorexic, she still doesnt eat much but shes been better. she also used to cut herself. anyway i was talking to her and she suggested that i might be bi-polar. then when i read your reply posts i got scared because there's alot of similarities, and i dont want to go through this. i feel like i have been through more than my share of problems. thanks for your posts and i hope to hear from you again.

 
Old 09-23-2003, 10:27 AM   #5
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Bipolar Disorder was orginally called Manic-Depression and both mania & depression must be present in a patient's history for a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder:

1) Mania - Some or all of the following symptoms are present for at least One Week.

*Heightened mood and exaggerated optimism & self-confidence
*Decreased need for sleep without fatigue
*Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
*Excessive irritability, agressive behavior
*Increased physical and mental activity
*Rapid, pressured speech, flight of ideas from one topic to another, distractibility
*Poor judgement, impulsiveness
*Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, erratic driving, sexual indiscretions.

2) Depression - Five or more of the following symptoms lasting for at least two weeks and making it difficult to function.

* Depressed mood most of the day or markedly diminished interest or pleasurein all or almost all activities for most of the day
*Significan change in appetite or sleep patterns
*Loss of enjoyent or pleasure in usual activites
*Loss of motivation
*Loss of energy, persistant lethargy
*Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
*Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
*Slowing of speech, thought and body movement
*Physical agitation and restlessness
*Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

A person with Biplar Disorder (Type I) will experience both manic AND depressive periods, but those periods are usually separated by periods of basic normal moods.

There are several subtypes for Bipolar Disorder and the symptoms listed above will be present but in a milder form.

You're doing a wonderful thing for yourself to be concerned about your behavior. Now it's a doctors turn to actually diagnose you.
There is no self-medication or natural remedies for Bipolar Disorder so you DO need to see a doctor to see if you have it.
Bipolar Disorder is chemical imbalance in the brain and it takes chemicals (Rx) to balance things out again...

Let us know how you're doing, but get going on that doctor!!





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Old 09-23-2003, 10:28 AM   #6
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Sorry, Double Post!



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Old 09-26-2003, 04:56 PM   #7
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I have more of the depression symptoms than the manic. Do i go to my regular doctor? If so hopefully Ill have an appointment this week. ive been trying to keep who i tell about being tested to a minimum and my aunt just proved me correct in doing so. shes trying to tell me that its just being a typical teenager. i cant explain it but i know something isnt right it doesnt nessacarily mean that im bi-polar but... i just want to get tested and find out whats going on. ive been very down since tuesday, constantly tearing up and such. thanks for listening and helping, i really do appreciate it.

 
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Yes, you would start with your regular doctor (especially if your insurance has a "primary care physician") and then he would refer you to a specialist if needed.

It would be very helpful for the doctor if you could kind of "chart" your moods on a calendar for a bit before you go in. There aren't actually any clinical "tests" for Bipolar Disorder. The symptoms above are kind of a guideline.

Without clear signs of mania the doctor may try a small dosage of anti-depressents first to see if that helps lift the cloud you're under a bit.

Please keep checking in here with us so we know how you're doing. Even if you don't end up having Bipolar disorder we understand depression as well as the Depression Forum here (ok, they're good too!)


 
Old 09-27-2003, 05:28 PM   #9
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So you suggest waiting a while and charting my moods before going to my doctor? im really thinking i do have manic, bi-polar. I'd like to see what they have to say but you guys sound like you know what your talking about. So if you think i should go now, then i will but if you think its wiser to wait ill chart my moods for a little while and then go. either way i will keep you guys posted, its helped alot being able to talk on here.thank you

 
Old 09-27-2003, 09:32 PM   #10
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Ok Hoosier, now im worried...
I have a long PMH of depression and anxiety (and suicidal). I have been on nearly every "anti-depression" drug you can think of, none helped...Some of them made me worse and heightened my feelings of worthlessness. I have 5 of the Mania symptoms (regularly) and ALL of the Depression symptoms (constantly).
Should I get seek help ?

*I only ever saw 1 doctor for my problem, maybe misdiagnosed ?

 
Old 09-28-2003, 02:15 PM   #11
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I am really going to wiggle a bit on when to see a doctor because it's not real clear cut.
Since I am Classic (Type I) there was never a question of if - just whenever I was bad enough to haul in there. I was flying higher than a kite or unable to get out of bed. By the time I might have thought there MIGHT be a problem it was way to late for me to put two & two together and someone had to take me to the doctor.
There's never a bad time to start a mood chart, but the lack of one should never stop anyone from going to the doctor - especially if they are suicidal, bouncing off the walls, or are out spending their last 3 cents...
Is your job or relationship being severely affected? Time to see the doctor too!
Even without a chart it's really helpful to write down some estimates of time and extremes you've experienced.
For years doctors only saw me when I was depressed and I sure never thought to tell them about the times I floated on air - It took them longer to diagnose bipolar disorder because I didn't mention the "highs".

Bipolar isn't just "moodiness" - it is waaaaay out there moodiness...
Doctors are your best bet for dignosis - and ANY information that you can give them will help!


 
Old 09-28-2003, 02:26 PM   #12
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im going to try and get an appointment on tuesday. I'll try to write some stuff down otherwise ill just explain my ups and downs. ill let you know what happens when i can.

 
Old 10-03-2003, 07:45 PM   #13
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i didnt go for an appointment. instead im going to keep track of my moods for a while and then take it into my doctor. i want to make sure i can be sure to get the best diagnosis the first time.

 
Old 10-13-2003, 08:42 AM   #14
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Hey kido! I am bipolar and have been for many years. No doctor can follow you around to detect if you are bipolar. Many people keep records of their moods etc. and then tells their doctor to get his opinion. There are many sights but I found [url="http://www.bipolar.com"]www.bipolar.com[/url] to be very helpful

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