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Test Distinguishes Between Bipolar & Depression

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Are there any type of reliable tests on the Internet these days that are at least somewhat accurate and can somehow guide you in the right direction? I know with some doctors these days they just want to get you in and out so quick that I for one don't always feel comfortable in what they are 'determining' is the issue.

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Hi and Welcome 007

With Bipolar, online tests are just a guideline. It is best that you see a psychiatrist who is trained in Mental Health issues, such as Bipolar and work on getting an accurate diagnosis. There are a few pinned topics in here, that may give you some ideas on Bipolar and its many symptoms.

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Hi I am a 22 year old who still is unsure of if I suffer from depression (I have had episodes since I was seven but first diagnosed at 19) or bipolar. Many doctors have said they have thought I might be bipolar but it would take two years to properly diagnose. It's impossible to determine for yourself what the problem is. I have a couple of weeks where I feel more than fine, great even and then within half a second it switches to me breaking down in tears not understanding the world or anything around me for months. I have tried keeping a mood diary but it didn't seem to help my doctor much. I found it very difficult to determine on a scale of 1-10 what mood I was in for the day and on low days a 1 never seemed a low enough score

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Hi I am a 22 year old who still is unsure of if I suffer from depression (I have had episodes since I was seven but first diagnosed at 19) or bipolar. Many doctors have said they have thought I might be bipolar but it would take two years to properly diagnose. It's impossible to determine for yourself what the problem is. I have a couple of weeks where I feel more than fine, great even and then within half a second it switches to me breaking down in tears not understanding the world or anything around me for months. I have tried keeping a mood diary but it didn't seem to help my doctor much. I found it very difficult to determine on a scale of 1-10 what mood I was in for the day and on low days a 1 never seemed a low enough score

Sweetcore, BP2 is one of the hardest mental illnesses to diagnose. Unless you are obvioulsy manic at the time you see your psychiatirst, symptoms can be confused as depression. It took years to diagnose me. Often, a misdiagnosis as depression and the prescription of an SSRI ends up being a telling indicator, b/c SSRI's can often have a very negative effect on people w/ BP disorder. They can cause a manic episode.

Your best bet is to see a psychatrist, not a general practitioner. When it comes to brain chemicals, I only trust mine to my psychiatrist.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

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Hi I am a 22 year old who still is unsure of if I suffer from depression (I have had episodes since I was seven but first diagnosed at 19) or bipolar. Many doctors have said they have thought I might be bipolar but it would take two years to properly diagnose. It's impossible to determine for yourself what the problem is. I have a couple of weeks where I feel more than fine, great even and then within half a second it switches to me breaking down in tears not understanding the world or anything around me for months. I have tried keeping a mood diary but it didn't seem to help my doctor much. I found it very difficult to determine on a scale of 1-10 what mood I was in for the day and on low days a 1 never seemed a low enough score

Sweetcore, BP2 is one of the hardest mental illnesses to diagnose. Unless you are obvioulsy manic at the time you see your psychiatirst, symptoms can be confused as depression. It took years to diagnose me. Often, a misdiagnosis as depression and the prescription of an SSRI ends up being a telling indicator, b/c SSRI's can often have a very negative effect on people w/ BP disorder. They can cause a manic episode.

Your best bet is to see a psychatrist, not a general practitioner. When it comes to brain chemicals, I only trust mine to my psychiatrist.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Thank you for your post. I know I need to go to a psychiatrist, my boyfriend keep telling me I need to. I have just switched healthinsurance and once all the paperwork is done I am hoping to get back in touch with my therapist. I kinda dropped her during a phase were I was doing very well and I didn't feel I needed any help. I told her I can do this on my own and just disappeared. I hope she won't be too mad, there are only two English speaking therapists in my city.

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Hey.

I think I am a bi-polar, but my shrink, who isnt a real shrink, he thinks that I am only depressed. But these mood swings, which you are describing fit well on me. I have always been "on top" one day, and "down the hill" another day. However, I have felt it more the last two years. Since I were 18-19.. My family calls me unstable, and I am. But I am unsure how to make my shrink look closer, and not just brush me off. This test you spoke of, can you find it on the net, or do you have to take it through you psych.?

Hi im new to this site.

I also think i am bi polar 2.

My doctor has just told me today that he thinks ive just been suffering from depression on and off for the last 23 years.

Its a joke !!

He has agreed to refer me to a pdoc as i insisted.

But im afraid they will not take it seriosly if he says in his opinion he disagrees.

Its so frustrating, lets hope we both get help.

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From my experience it affects how I work. Euphoria and depression episodes can make you very ineffective...also emotional breakdowns on the job are not seen very well, makes you seem unprofessional. In the banking world for example, you must keep your composure in tact.

How can it be a career destroyer? Explain?

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It is my understanding that there are many different forms of depression and that in no way am I a doctor or trying to self diagnose. I am merely bringing this up for discussion because it concerns me. It concerns me because it concerns my wife and her wellbeing. I hope to understand this better so that I can deal with it better.

My wife has had depression for a long time, going on 8 years plus, and she has been to many doctors. She also has been in the ward for 4 days and been on many different types of medication. Currently she is on Paxil 20mg and Trazadone 100mg. She was also on Abilify 10mg for almost 9 months, but was taken off of it due too weight gain. Before that she was on Welbutrin Sr and Zoloft which where both maxed out.

After months of severe depression and a couple of minor manic episodes she had a somewhat major spike in depression. I say somewhat major because she had not done anything to herself, but had called a hotline and her parents and I took her to the hospital. She currently has an appointment to see a doctor today and has another later in the week with her normal therapist and psychologist. I am very glad she did the right thing and did not do anything to herself.

After she went to the hospital for 4 days I started to talk on many family help depression sites trying to get a better idea of what to do and how to help. Everyone in her family is supportive of her to get better. It seams as if the last two weeks she had gotten a lot better because she was getting up in the morning and doing things. Then she broke down.

After doing a lot of reading and research this is what I have come up with. I think that some things need to be addressed more on what she might have instead of just depression. The possibility of some type of bipolar disorder weather it be boarder line or not. I have seen Hypomania symptoms in her she feels energetic, not productive, she can carry on with her life going to school, she does make bad decisions at no moments notice, and it had had an effect on relationships, careers and reputations. She is restless at times that she is in a hypomania state. I also had read that with this form of bipolar disorder that the person would be in a more depressed state than in a mania state.

As for her depression symptoms it is all of the above. She feels hopeless, sad, and empty, she is defiantly irritable, she can

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I'm very happy to see that professionals see a difference between the two! I hope they continue their research and hopefully they will find a more distinguished way in finding wether someone is suffering from anxieties and becomes depressed from them, or suffers from anxiety and depression :)

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when i was younger i was diagnosed 'un officielly' by my cosin who was a psycatrisht who told me it sounded like Bi-polar disorder well i disregarded what he said and told him not to tell ne one and he didnt.9i didnt go to see him as a doctor i just talked to him like afather figure) ne ways after getting into this relationship with my boyfrein he made mention of me being Bi-polar and i again didnt think too much about it since ive been this way since i was 9 ieverything feels normal my life hasnt changed at all since. well this past year or so i started doing a little bit of research and after almost k!ll!ng myself my bf told me i had to get help or else we were thru so i went to see my doctor who told me that i didnt seem like the "anxious" type and that it was a bit of depression was all. i was pretty confused considering much of the time im severly depressed and hurt myself and other times im just as happy and hyper as can be (people who see me out think im on hard core drugs like speed or acid) she told me to take some zoloft and if i had a bad reaction to come back and she would take me off it since that would mean there was probably "nothing wrong with me but some everyday stress" well i didnt take the zoloft and waited about 3 weeks to go see a free doctor who dealt with mental health specifically just to et a diagnoses. after an hour and a half of talking and him asking questions he told me i was indeed Bi-polar. but the worst thing was when i went to him he pulled up my medical records and said "it says here that you are having a mild form of depression due to everyday stress" so that is now on my medical record. and it makes me feel like people think i am lieing abotu things. like docotrs. i still havent gotten on medication becuase im not working but at least i got a diagnoses. and itm akes me angry that she told me that after i told her what i ahd been going thru for 13 years

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I have never been to a psychiatrist nor have I been diagnosed with any type of depression...

but these mood swings I've been having tell me otherwise..I've been in a depressed mood for the past month...

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I have never been to a psychiatrist nor have I been diagnosed with any type of depression...

but these mood swings I've been having tell me otherwise..I've been in a depressed mood for the past month...

Well, if you feel you need help, it's alright to seek professional help...

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Hey.

I think I am a bi-polar, but my shrink, who isnt a real shrink, he thinks that I am only depressed. But these mood swings, which you are describing fit well on me. I have always been "on top" one day, and "down the hill" another day. However, I have felt it more the last two years. Since I were 18-19.. My family calls me unstable, and I am. But I am unsure how to make my shrink look closer, and not just brush me off. This test you spoke of, can you find it on the net, or do you have to take it through you psych.?

I'm not sure what I am, I'm 19 and have been suffering from a depressive episode for over 6 months now, i thought i was over it but recently overdosed, but i also have extreme manic moments, i will get really hyper and cant sit still, feel like im on top of the world, it might only last 10 or 20 mins and then i drop again, almost like i am on an illegal drug, but i'm not.. I haven't ever considered the idea that i could be bipolar, until i read this thread, unfortunately unless you find a really good shrink they dont tend to look much closer and just shove you into a category of 'depressed', i am currently doing cbt with my shrink, i don't have much faith in it.

I wish it was as easy as taking a test, i've been told i'm depressed, but no type, im really intregued to know whats wrong with me as its becoming a joke, i literally feel like my life is over, i cant motivate myself to go anywhere with it and im only 19! just an empty shell and all i know how to do is party.

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Hi tottyx90, and welcome to the BP room welcomeani.gif

The best thing, in my opinion, you can do to get a good diagnosis is to take a detailed mood diary for at least a few months, and then go through that with a psychiatrist.

Thats what it finally took for me to get diagnosed because sitting in front of a doctor I always forgot what to say, or tried to minimise things so I didn't sound so bad and stuff.

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I'm diagosed with severe depressiona and GAD. Doctors and therapist both agree that there is a huge probablity of having BPD (borderline personality disorder) or BPII. Why does it take so long to get the diagnosis? Whatever it is it's here to stay, so tell me for gosh sakes! The NOT knowing makes me more anxious than the disease itself. I am in DBT Therepy and from what I've read, and spoken to with the therapist, it is for people with BPD. I do not go to groups, only personal one-on-one sessions (my husband comes too). Well, if I'm doing all that why not just call it that? Or BPII? Has anyone else had problems getting a straight answer quickly as to what the heck you have?

I have been struggling for a proper diagnosis for most of my life. I have endured ten years of drug addiction (which I used to control my moods) and I am still finding it hard not to use. I have been on an SSRI for a couple of years and thought it was just amazing! Only now have I realised that the sleeplessness, high irritability and racing thoughts might actually be a side effect - because I am on the wrong medication. I have also had panic attacks since starting this medication. My doctor has been giving me seroquel and Olanzopine, off the record, but they give me nightmares and I can't get up in the morning. I still take them if I have the chance of a sleep in because I haven't been able to lay in bed and relax for so long!

All of diagnosis u have mentioned I have also been diagnosed with at different times, but today I got a diagnosis of Bipolar II. I think I might finally be on the right track. I start the Epilem tonight, so message me if u want updates!

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From my experience it affects how I work. Euphoria and depression episodes can make you very ineffective...also emotional breakdowns on the job are not seen very well, makes you seem unprofessional. In the banking world for example, you must keep your composure in tact.

How can it be a career destroyer? Explain?

I can really relate to the emotional breakdowns. My workplace knows that i am capable of doing things wery well but because I have so many emotional breakdowns they dont take me seriously. They don't believe me when I say I can't help it. Once the tears begin its really hard to get me back in composure.I work retail, so breaking down in front of customers isnt seen as very good. I dont breakdown because of the customers though . ITs the managment that I have the breakdowns with. They cant trust that I wont breakdown like that in a customer situation. i have been put on a medical leave of absence for now. Ive tried to go back but I just can't cope. I went to y pdoc and fell apart in his office at the thought of ever going back to work. He was beside himself. He didnt know what to say to me. He told not to even think about work right now and that I was in crisis. He just keeps giving me one edication after another to try to get the right combination. the proble with that is I cant afford to go to the office as uch as he wants me to because its 35 dollars each time. Has anybody ever heard of sombody having to rehabilitate into a different career field because they cant cope with their bipolar in a certain evironment or will I have this problem wherever I go?

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I'm diagosed with severe depressiona and GAD. Doctors and therapist both agree that there is a huge probablity of having BPD (borderline personality disorder) or BPII. Why does it take so long to get the diagnosis? Whatever it is it's here to stay, so tell me for gosh sakes! The NOT knowing makes me more anxious than the disease itself. I am in DBT Therepy and from what I've read, and spoken to with the therapist, it is for people with BPD. I do not go to groups, only personal one-on-one sessions (my husband comes too). Well, if I'm doing all that why not just call it that? Or BPII? Has anyone else had problems getting a straight answer quickly as to what the heck you have?

Yes! I still don't know the answer. I presume I've been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety (although now it's severe anxiety, mild depression, since medication) but I'm still sure I'm bi-polar as all the symptoms seem to fit! Anyway I'm on lithium now and amitriptaline, but I know lithium is meant to help bi-polar people and it seems to be helping so far! Don't think I'll ever know which 1 I've got! If anyone knows a clear diagnosis please let me know.

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yeah, exactly. The symptoms you are experiencing should be treated if they are hindering your life. I suffer more from depression than "hypomania". I was once diagnosed with this bipolar II from an SSRI reaction. I didn't buy it and thought it was a hasty diagnosis, particularly because it can be a career destroyer. If the rare times in my life that I felt euphoric (not from self medication) were hypomania, I'll take it anyday over this chronic depression...

Lucinda.

How can it be a career destroyer? Explain?

I'm not sure if this is what he/she was referring to. But sometimes it can make it harder on someone with the diagnosis to cope at work and such,.

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My original diagnosis was depression, but my psychiatrist is now considering the possibility that I may be bipolar. What happens when someone who is bipolar takes antidepressants? Is it really a problem?

AD's can send Bipolar patients into dangerous mania, like me.

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This thread is pure gold! I was diagnosed as having BP II over a year ago. Not exactly sure if it was spot on,though. If possible,I'll leave a list of symptoms/scenarios that would support my diagnosis,and a seperate list of symptoms/scenarios that wouldn't

Pro:

I've always been moody.

I've punched/kicked/broken many an inanimate object.

I've had few-and-far-between hallucinations(while sober)

I can be pretty easily irked.

I got a credit card at the height of my obsession with Magic:The Gathering and guitar related stuffs. Quickly maxed that out,in spite of having a mortgage.

I've said some hurtful,awful things to people I cared about,then felt like crap about it afterwards.

Cons:

Seems as though my moods cycle very slowly. Almost like months,to a year.

Depakote made me an absolute monster to be around.

I generally feel more apathetic,sullen,down in the abyss.

- ok,that's all I got. Definitely bipolar,lol!

Yet still,this thread's title spoke to me. An ex once told me that she thought it was a misdiagnosis,and had researched Borderline Personality Disorder. She said the description of that particular condition fit me to a t. But I think the doc maybe made the right call after all.

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I did not see a proper psychiatrist until April 2010 after my family doc having put me on the highest available dose of Effexor for 4 years. Finally listened to me when I said my medication was not helping me. I had jumped through all the hoops, available to me like seeing and attending psychiatric out patient groups offered at the hospital. No until Dr Bushy Brows sat me in the chair and started listening to me. Did all the prep work, and medical tests. Did he say Bunny you are Bi polar 2 and have been for most of your life. It was a relief to finally have an answer. Mental Illness did run in my gene pool my nana being undiagnosed all her 93 years. Now I take three different medicines but I am much more stable and balanced. I am thankful I got the help, understanding and some of my self esteem back. I actually look forward to seeing Dr. Bushy Brows every month. While I do have severe down days I know how to cope with them in a positive manner.. blessed be

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New to the sight i was said to have chronic depression...i have terrible mood swings one minute I'm punching holes in walls slammin doors the next I'm cryin and feeling alone. I not hyper at all I rather lay in my room and do nothing..i confined myself off from the world. I can't stand to be around people i feel as though they are judgin or plottin against me...i feel worthless i never want to go out don't talk to anyone unless i have too. I pick fights with family and friends so they don't want to be around me. My sleeping habits are crazy i sleep 2 days and be up 2 days...and on days that I'm not sleep i lie and say that i am so i can be alone...i feel alone even with family around daily. And i find it funny that i feel alone because i don't want anyone around...when i have to endure people glue on a fake smile..I'm always sad and i cry for no reason..i was molested from the ages of 5-8 by my uncle and raped at 17 by my boyfriend at the time.. i have lost 2 kids at birth and was told because of pcos i might not be able to carry full term or get pregnant again...which is very horrible news to hear..i feel less than a woman and less of a human being..i don't know what to do...i sought out help but its like they are ignoring my issues in order to get me in and out...i comtemplated suicide and have tried several times..i also tried cutting myself or finding other ways to bruise or hurt myself to give me a sense of satification...didn't help...I'm still here suffering..i need my hell to end either ending myself or a doctor helping me and finding the right combination of drugs to help stablize me....

Thanks for reading and responding...

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Hey, i'm new to forum because I have a question concerning cyclothymia.

I'm 16 and was diagnosed with dysthymia a few months ago, but recently I've been experience hypomanic (I think) moods. Yesterday for example I was leaving school then for no reason just started to feel amazing and euphoric. I began to crave mental stimulus and found it hard to concentrate on things unless they were exciting and I couldn't stop smiling and I also kept complementing people saying how amazing they were an I couldn't stop talking. I felt like nothing could bring me down. Anyway, this lasted for just 2 hours but after the 2 hours, I felt horrible, really depressed, worse than what I usually feel with my dysthymia. I just lay in bed doing nothing for like an hour, but after the hour I went back to feeling 'normal'.

This happens to me about once a month so it's insignificant but i'm worries that it could be the illness starting to develop or something

​Any advice much appreciated! :sigh:

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From my experience it affects how I work. Euphoria and depression episodes can make you very ineffective...also emotional breakdowns on the job are not seen very well, makes you seem unprofessional. In the banking world for example, you must keep your composure in tact.

How can it be a career destroyer? Explain?

I can really relate to the emotional breakdowns. My workplace knows that i am capable of doing things wery well but because I have so many emotional breakdowns they dont take me seriously. They don't believe me when I say I can't help it. Once the tears begin its really hard to get me back in composure.I work retail, so breaking down in front of customers isnt seen as very good. I dont breakdown because of the customers though . ITs the managment that I have the breakdowns with. They cant trust that I wont breakdown like that in a customer situation. i have been put on a medical leave of absence for now. Ive tried to go back but I just can't cope. I went to y pdoc and fell apart in his office at the thought of ever going back to work. He was beside himself. He didnt know what to say to me. He told not to even think about work right now and that I was in crisis. He just keeps giving me one edication after another to try to get the right combination. the proble with that is I cant afford to go to the office as uch as he wants me to because its 35 dollars each time. Has anybody ever heard of sombody having to rehabilitate into a different career field because they cant cope with their bipolar in a certain evironment or will I have this problem wherever I go?

Hey, I know you posted this 7 months ago so you probably already have your answer. But I figured I'd share some experience with you in case you still need it (or anyone else that finds it later).

I used to be a really dedicated worker because I was able to "work my problems away". When I was focusing on work, I wasn't thinking about everything else that was going wrong. So I found it easy to make my way into management--I was barely 18 when I was finally promoted. I was at Little Caesars at the time. But dealing with employees that all wanted my job and thought they deserved it more because I was so young was just... excruciating. I quit three months later and found a call center job. The call center would have been fine actually--amazing company, fantastic health insurance, and I loved my bosses so much that it didn't matter that customers yelled at me every day! But since I had the insurance, that's when I started depression meds. I'm pretty sure it was Paxil, which has now been discontinued because it makes people terribly sick like it made me! Calling off two weeks in a row was just something the call center couldn't let slide so I had to quit before they fired me.

Once I got over the resulting depression from that, I went back into management--this time in retail, like you. I thought being promoted over people who had worked there just as long as I had was awful--but being hired from the outside was so much worse! I was constantly being watched and expected to screw up. And THEN my management changed and we got one assistant manager that talked to you like he was the Emperor and you had just scuffed his golden shoes. I couldn't be near him. I couldn't talk to him. When I saw him, my heart sank and I literally had to run and hide. It was horrible. Just weeks after that started, I got what I believed was a stomach ulcer. It wasn't--just extreme nausea from the anxiety of having to work with this monster. I had to quit, and that's where I am now--jobless again! Even while things in retail were going okay, I would still get anxious after I thought I screwed something up, so I'd call off at least a couple times a month... I used to be such a good worker but the anxiety literally made me physically ill.

Anyway, the point of all that is... YES, the environment you work in can have a huge effect! For some people retail is awesome because being around people makes them happy. But when you're constantly living in fear of your managers... it can tear you apart and if you're still there and still struggling, I'd urge you to start looking for a more "professional" job where your managers can't get away with treating you like dirt.

Hope that helps.

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I'm wondering the same thing someone else was... are you able to request that your family doctor gives you this test? I know a lot of people advise against family doctors but mine is really great, always has things I should try and discusses how my depression is getting better or worse and makes sure I know to call as soon as it changes. More than that, I've never been to a psychiatrist and without health insurance I don't know if that's even possible for me.

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