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Funkypink... You said (at one point)...

"...not sleeping, i havent had more that 4 hours sleep a night for as long as i can rember now, i cycle in and out of depression, going from really hyper to really really depressed, to the point..."

One thing you MIGHT try for an experiment would be ~ eat a couple of slices of turkey about an hour before bedtime (especially with Thanksgiving around the corner ~ although deli-sliced would be OK)... The triptothane (sp?) is an amino acid that can induce a relaxed state... You DON'T need a prescription for turkey yet, but nobody mention THAT to the pharmaceutical companies. There's also the homeopathic "valerian root" that is the actual substance from which "valium" is refined.

Do you know of ANY Bi-Polar traits or diagnoses in your family history ? While it's not a necessity, this does tend to be genetically gifted downline.

What you reported does sound like there's a distinct possibility BUT there's always the olde caution given to beginning Psychology students that as we read about idiosyncracies of conditions we tend to relate to them and begin to feel that we too suffer from similar maladies...

SLEEP is one of the most important aspects of life AND Bi-Polar. If sleep cycles are incomplete, then the neuro-chemical transmitters necessary for smooth transitioning can be severely left out of whack...

With or without a diagnosis, try the minimalist approach... If a little turkey or valerian root can help you that's GREAT. A flakey neuro-transmitter balance does not necessarilly benefit from hand-grenade-sized psychopharmaceuticals...

As regards your sister in Switzerland (I too used to teach) ~ that is what "snail mail" was made for... Send her your thoughts in a letter. If you're as lazy as I am (also sleep deprived) then you could copy/paste and print from your original posting HERE !!!

SHE knows your parents and ought to be able to give some sage advice with regards to how they might react. In MY case, the dark secret was kept out of sight. NOBODY ever mentioned the thread of Bi-Polar that runs STRONGLY through my family. So... we each get to walk into walls (so to speak) until we accidentally stumble upon it on our own. In my case, my brother had been on Depakote and Zoloft for 14 years before I ever found out he'd been diagnosed. My father's diagnosis was NEVER discussed with my mother or my siblings. The psychiatric community back then wouldn't discuss diddly-squat !!!

I can only guess at your age. I'll take a stab at 16. IF you're under age 18, then your parents do indeed hold legal status over you, and ought to be included in any medical decisions.

Incidentally, HORMONES are wonderful mood de-stabilizers at times (I've survived PMS for years in significant others, barely). As any person courses through puberty/adolescence, there is bound to be moodiness and mood-swings. Inasmuch as I am the "Anti-shrink" here (actually, read Thomas Szasz who WAS the Anti-Psyrink) sometimes we need to attempt to trust the judgements of those who studied both medicine AND how to deal with those suffering mental/mood disorders. Doctors give OPINIONS (for which they are dearly paid). Do you remember the distinction between FACT and OPINION in your schooling ??? It's an educated guess, in which you and they are banking on THEIR education. If they slept through those chapters OR in any way got fed biased or outdated garbage (like my old Pdoc ?) ~ then their opinions might be worth the stuff we clean our backsides with. IF you do consult a psychologist (cannot prescribe - not a doctor) or a psychiatrist (is a doctor and can prescribe) ~ make certain that they are willing to listen to your feedback !!! In the event you get meds prescribed, striking a balance is essential - and they MUST be willing to adjust to YOUR particular needs.

There, now that I've posted even more than YOU originally wrote, I can relax and watch the rest of Brian Lamb on C-SPAN...

Best of luck to you, and DO send that letter !!! It's a great first step !!!
For that matter, you could copy/paste this reply with it, if you'd like, for whatever that might help in assessing what to do and how to proceed... :wave: