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Any of you ever feel depressed and happy at same time??


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#1 marmitejar

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 04:10 PM

I'll just mention first that I've not been diagnosed as Bipolar. I often feel quite happy but also depressed underneath. Does anyone else feel like this?

I'm having CBT counselling for self-esteem but I've never asked whether I could be Bipolar but I suspect I am. I do get times where I am impulsive - feel v high and want to do everything I can think off and arrange loads of things to do but then cannot carry them out because I am suddenly depressed again!!! When I'm high I think I can sdo anything I put my mind to and often arrange things I cannot possibly do. I posted something about asking my counsillor about Bipolar but I chickened out when I was face to face with her. I really like my CPN but am still a bit wary about mentioning Bipolar in case she thinks I'm just reading too much into my moods. Can you have mood swings and not be bipolar??? xxxxxxx
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#2 Neatoboy

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 05:22 AM

Hi marmitejar

I'm not bipolar but suffer from depression. I have often felt happy but also depressed underneath like you expressed. Unfortunately I can't shed any light on the subject but thought I'd let you know that you're not alone!

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 10:52 AM

Hiya marmitejar,

Yes, you can have mood swings and not be bipolar. It's called Life from my experiences. =) I would ask the therapist to be 100 percent positive that you either are or aren't bipolar though, we're not docs here. You'd be ******* two birds with one stone though if you were to ask. You'd rid yourself of the worry if you're not or be diagnosed as bipolar and be able to take it from there. It's better to get treatment asap in life than later on if you are bp.

Edited by Epic, 07 May 2006 - 10:53 AM.

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 11:11 AM

I would definitely ask my therapist for a diagnosis. You may be in CBT (BTW an excellent therapy) but it works for all types of mental illnesses. I think having a direct dianosis helps in many ways. It at least allows us the ability to seek information about what we have. You can have the mood swings you describe and not be fully bipolar. Is there anyone else in your family with bipolar disorder? It sometimes runs in families that is why I ask..
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Posted 08 May 2006 - 06:10 PM

Yes you can be happy and depressed at the same time. I have experienced it and have come up with a different therory on depression. Most people view depression as a line, Depressione on one side, Happy on the other. Like neg and pos numbers

Depression (-)---------------------0-------------(+) Happy

I view it like a bar graph. On bar is the depression stessors combined (i have not been able to sepparate them out reasonabley) And the other bar is the Happy stuff combined (for the same reasones as depression) The Difference or gap between the two is depression. For me, depression seems to be like an excited state versus a negative state. It feels like something is there, and when I am less depressed, it seems like someting is "missing". I think there is a set number for the difference between the two columns that "triggers" depression. However if the happy stuff is greater than the difference between the two you can be happy and depressed at the same time. I am working on a model for bi-polar that is simular but has 3 bars, Depression, Happy("normal"), and manic but there are somethings I need to work out.



0...................................-
0...................................|
0...................................| - Depression
0...................................|
0...................................-
0...................................0
0...................................0
0...................................0
0...................................0
Deppresion...................Happy
Stressors......................Stuff


Anyway, maybe this helps maybe it does not.

#6 Neatoboy

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 06:45 PM

I have the same opinion as you wolfram that happy and depressed are not opposites and therefore you can feel them at the same time.

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#7 cakemix

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:30 PM

I'll just mention first that I've not been diagnosed as Bipolar. I often feel quite happy but also depressed underneath. Does anyone else feel like this?


Yes.
I've never been diagnosed as being Bipolar either.

#8 Sheepwoman

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:48 AM

marmitejar,
How are you doing? Just checking in with you as haven't seen you back for a few day.
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