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TOPIC TITLE: bp or depression
Created On 2/23/05 11:30 PM
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motcha
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2/23/05 11:30 PM
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Hi,
I need to pour my heart out to you. I had depression since being a kid. Ten years ago it was time to date the pressure was terrible. I took my first prescribed Prozak for like 5 days and abruptly stopped due to the shame. Then I had a manic episode. I went back into therapy, meds,... and never had a full blown manic episode again. After going through a few thgerapists and psychiatrists I found a great psychologist and a great psychiatrist. He put me on Trileptal in adition to my old clonazapam, and buspar, and switched me from Paxil to Celexa. The Trileptal really made the difference. I'm not depressed any more. I am getting my ba and student teaching. Everythings good. A little minor blips of depression, nothing serious.
My question is, am I bipolar? Because of the episode, I was labelled bipolar. Now we are wondering if it was medically induced which according to the latest DSM doesn't count. But a psycologists told me over the years I was hypomanic and once told me that I was rapid cycling. remember, she was a psychologists not psychiatrists. I have serious doubts regarding her profesional ability. She didn't help me.
The psychiatrist I am seeing now for 3 years says he has never seen any bipolar but he can't rule it out clearly as he wasn't there ten years ago. He's like 90% depression 10% bp if he had to bet. What do I tell girls on dates? Depression, or slight chance of bipolar. He says I could see a certain bp moomcha in Philly if I want a more definitive answer. My question has no bearing on treatment. For treatment I just keep taking my meds. My question is what is the correct thing to say on dates.
I hope you understand me.
Thanks.
 
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Draalynn
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2/23/05 11:35 PM
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If I were you, I would say I was depressed rather than bipolar.
 
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motcha
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2/24/05 12:24 AM
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Thank you for replying.
I am curious. You are a psychologist?
I know my worry is mishigas. Its like I am worried I will spend 40 years feeling guilty for decieving my wife. I am going to go to a rov and ask him.
I am just curious why you say depression over bp.
I hope you don't look down at me for being so obsessive about this.
 
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Draalynn
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2/24/05 12:47 AM
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Yes, a psychologist. I don't look down at you at all. In fact, I think it's an important question. My preference is depression b/c it is a more benign diagnosis. Bipolar disorder is more associated with being "crazy", and it is known to be highly correlated with genetics, more treatment resistant and more obscure (there are so many types of bipolar, for example), all of which feels more daunting to the layperson and potential mate.
 
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motcha
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2/24/05 11:37 AM
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I know. But is it fair to withhold the full picture?
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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2/25/05 6:25 AM
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From what you have said in other posts (i.e.- your treating clinicians think you most likely do not have bipolar), then it does not seem to be misleading to tell people you have depression.
 
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