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Bipolar Spectrum
November 9, 2004
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My counselor just got back from a seminar last week given by a Dr. Freeman. He thinks that I am suffering from bipolar spectrum.

I am so disturbed.
One part of me thinks that this seminar has influenced his judgement, then another part of me is freaked out about this.

I have been going to numerous counselors since 1978....and why hasn't anyone picked up on this????

I am feeling angry, sad, and distraught.
Last night I pulled up alot of information on the internet about this and am planning to research.

Just needing a little support.
Thanks

November 9, 2004
11:37 am
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mj, you can always get a second opinion. I would go see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. If you are bipolar that can be treated. I was told that I have a biological imbalance in my brain chemistry and I believe that's true. I can understand being upset at first. I was but now I accept it and take medication which has helped a lot.

November 9, 2004
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Thanks Kathygy

Here is a link that I found....
Does anyone have any imput on this?

http://www.psycheducation.org/.....meset.html

November 9, 2004
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hello-

Please seek help if you are feeling depressed, agitated, or even just confused about this whole diagnosis. No lay person can decide such a thing by the way, no matter how close they are to you. Even doctors make mistakes.

When I was a 13 year old child I got my diagnosis as bipolar. It was hard back then (22 years ago) because even though they knew about it, and had been treating adults for decades with lithium, there was little history in studying pediatric bipolar disorder. I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and a myriad of inappropriate personality disorders... I went through hell being drugged with medications that only sent me back to the hospital and put me in worse altered states.

Only upon the very last days before I was to me made a ward of the state and separated from my family (permanently) did my dad find a prominent child psychiatrist to see me. I was simply dubbed a "problem child" and was on the verge of being sent to a boarding school for such girls. The lithium he perscribed brought me out of a delusionary almost catatonic state just about immediately. Kind of evidence that we were on the right path.

Life has been hard, I suffer mostly depressions, but things would be much worse without treatment and medications. I know this, because I've gone without during periods of "denial" in college and after.

This might not be your problem. But you should find out. If the answers don't sit right with you, seek another person's professional opinion. You don't even have to stop at two.

be well.
-ella

November 9, 2004
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Thanks ella

I appreciate you sharing your story with me. I don't feel so alone.

I am not feeling depressed. I went into my session feeling great. Just confused now. I appreciate both of your advice. Maybe I will research this alot more...and possibly find another counselor.

I am not really sure what I will do.
I just have been taking it a step at a time. I thought I was really doing lots better so his diagnosis really took me by surprise.

November 9, 2004
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hey buddy-person:

bi-polar spectrum is me. i call it bi-polar light. i think it's like marijuana. you can have it for years and kind of seem OK, but it just does it's damage slowly. it can take a heavy toll.

See a psychiatrist, deal with your problem. Make sure you feel comfortable with the doctor.

November 9, 2004
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Hi MJ. I think you are wise to research and learn things for yourself instead of trusting just your counselor's opinion. Isn't the saying something like this - knowledge is power. I'm behind you 100% because I believe in you!!

Love, TS

November 9, 2004
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Thanks TS (((((((((Dear FRIEND))))))))

I just finished my class and the ladies had a great reference for a psychiatrist. God does answer our prayers. There are no coincidences.
Love YOU and Appreciate your unconditional support always.

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