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Old 03-28-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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KarelKukel HB User
Exclamation Do I have a Bipolar Disorder?

Hello, so lately my life has been a complete mess.
This all started about one and half year ago, (I'm 16 now, turning 17 in july)

There would be days where I would be depressed, and felt ashamed for being depressed and started to take it out on myself, hurting myself. Cutting or turning to alcohol. I would feel totally hopeless and worthless. I would just feel like a empty/hollow shell and have suicidal thoughts and sleep all day.

And then I'd feel energized, excited and ready for new things. Having plans like opening my own business, that I was going to make so much money. The world would suddenly look brighter and full of colour. A feeling that I was on top of the world and nothing could ever bring me down. Buying stuff that I don't really need for example, on e-bay 2 blankets of 80 dollars, I'm only 16. I don't have 160 dollars.
I would feel very self-confident, that I could fight anyone and win..
Even the best boxers. Or that I would have these special supernatural powers. Writing this all down and realising this makes me sick of myself.

It feels like a rollercoaster, and I just can't get out. It's confusing.
I sometimes even have the feeling that people are staring at me, gossiping about me or laughing at me, sometimes I even feel like that someone keeps following me or planning to trick me.

So I started to do some research, I found out that my mother, grandma, great grandma and aunt all suffered from severe depression, probably a hereditary factor?
That explains my depressive moods, I guess. But I just couldn't understand why I would have these hyperactive, extremely happy and optimistic moods.
So, I went through some online tests and it always ends up with "Bipolar Disorder."
My grades are suffering from this. I just feel like going crazy.

Am I Bipolar, do I need to seek for help? Or is this just a part of growing up?

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Old 05-08-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Rincon, GA, USA
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rose4god2 HB User
Re: Do I have a Bipolar Disorder?

I am 16 years old and have had about the same symptoms as you. My therapist says she thinks I have Bipolar but she won't diagnose me because of the restrictions it puts on your life. The only difference is that mine are more subtle changes, over the course of a few weeks... but I get the manic and the depressive states just like you. Yes though, it sounds like you do indeed have Bipolar Disorder. If you feel the need it might help you to get put on meds, Bipolar is a disorder that gets worse without treatment. I'd recomment seeing a mental health professional.. it kind of sucks at first but it helps to talk to someone who knows what they're talking about.

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