Hello, I have been on anti-depressants since the young age of 12 and have also suffered significant anxiety since that age too, both for which I have had therapy for. After years of not making any progress health-wise, I started suspecting I may be suffering from Bi-Polar type 2 as a lot (but not all) of the symptoms I have researched seem to fit my condition.
After bringing this up with my GP, who then monitored me for a month, also agreed a lot of the symptoms were present so decided to refer me to a consultant Psychiatrist. However, I didn't feel as though my psychiatric evaluation was thorough enough, and having spoke to me for about 40 minutes, and speaking to my mother and partner for about 5 minutes - I was once again told 'it's an anxiety disorder'. I feel so helpless and that I'm constantly going around in circles. Is it possible there could in fact be something underlying and I have simply been misdiagnosed? My illness is too recurring and it is taking over my life.
Any advice would be great because I really do not know where to go from here.
First off, Bipolar has 'mood swings' which is depression and manic episode back and forth. Normally, after a period of depression, manic episode comes afterwards.
Also, the GP suspected you with Bipolar, then it might, ... but it also hard to tell. Because, the medication might not be working on your anxiety disorder.
However, if you're not happy about the psychiatrist, you could search for a different pdoc., because Bipolar needs a good, competent and experienced pdoc. to diagnose and prescribe med./meds. to alleviate the symptoms.
Yes, I have noticed 'mood swings', but the depression seems to be more apparent to me personally. However, when I feed good - I feel GOOD. Not erratic, as opposed to the manic symptoms of Bi Polar 1 but what I would definitely describe as above 'normal' mood. After doing research of the symptoms with my boyfriend, he also notices a lot of the similarities of what is being described.
I just feel as though my evaluation wasn't thorough enough at all. He hardly asked my mum and boyfriend any questions, just the ones I'd expect to be asked when trying to diagnose someone with Bi Polar 1.
I think I'll go back to my GP (who is very supportive and understanding) and see what she thinks about the situation and if there is anyone else she can put me into contact with.
Bipolar II is mostly depressive episode along with milder form of manic on which you feel good to work overtime or overwork. Some says cleaning house all nite, due to manic episode.
Also, Bipolar II has three different stages, depression, normal and milder form of manic. Manic has different form of manic, i.e., anger/rage, higher-sexsuality, overwork and the like, all of which is more than you do normally. All depends on person to person, then it's hard to explain all of those manic stages.
If you'd have actually Bipolar II, you need anti-depressant along with mood-stabilizer, i.e., Anti-seizure meds or similar meds.
Since there needs a good communication and rapport with the psychiatrist, I'd suggest you to seek for another pdoc. either going back to your GP or on your own finding on Mental Health book or even here, on Internet. If nothing works on you, you could seek Mental dept. of local University for appropriate diagnose.