Re: Does this sound familiar?
it most definently is possible. I was not diagnosed until age 36, and i have heard of others not being diagnosed until later in life. The problem with bipolar is that there are so many different ranges of severity of the illness, that often it goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many many years. I was diagnosed with anxiety/depression and was under treatment/medication on and off for about 18 years. It wasn't until the illness progressed and my symptoms got worse that my primary care doc finally asked the right questions and a proper diagnosis was reached. I went to my doc wanting bloodwork done, check my hormone levels, thyroid, etc. As I had been having disturbances in my sleep, (going without sleep for 3-4 days) then sleeping non stop 20 hrs a day. Also suffering with hot flashes alot at night, etc. I had been bipolar 2 for years, just undiagnosed, and it wasn't til i got older and the illness progressed and i began to rapid cycle that they were able to put the patterns together.
Definently get bloodwork done to rule out any hormonal issues or other things, but keep an open mind. Good luck!