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Bipolar Unspecified

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Hello,

So for the longest time I have been diagnosed with depression, but was finally diagnosed with bipolar diagnoses unspecified because I've had three medically induced episodes of hypomania, on Paxil, Abilify, and on Xanax Xr. I also seem to respond better to mood stabilizers and medications commonly used to treat bipolarism. My mood goes up and down, not like in a hyopmanic and depressed way, but more low and high, but mostly low and right now and I am in a depressed state. All of this made my doctor give me the diagnosis bipolar unspecified and I was wondering if there's anyone else out there with the same diagnosis?

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I suffer with bipolar I but my first diagnoses was depression and then later on received the diagnoses of bipolar 1. During the course of this time by pdoc and psychologist observed bipolairsm.

I am familiar with the meds you are on and thinks its a good combo. I hope that it will continue to work well for you. I don't know how long you being on this combo but it may take a little more time for you to start experiencing the full benefits.

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Hello,

So for the longest time I have been diagnosed with depression, but was finally diagnosed with bipolar diagnoses unspecified because I've had three medically induced episodes of hypomania, on Paxil, Abilify, and on Xanax Xr. I also seem to respond better to mood stabilizers and medications commonly used to treat bipolarism. My mood goes up and down, not like in a hyopmanic and depressed way, but more low and high, but mostly low and right now and I am in a depressed state. All of this made my doctor give me the diagnosis bipolar unspecified and I was wondering if there's anyone else out there with the same diagnosis?

My psychiatrist says I have bipolar schizoaffective, but my counselor calls it bipolar unspecified.

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There are five major types of bipolar depression and each has a fairly specific description and set of symptoms. They are:

Bipolar Disorder I – you typically have had at least one known incident of mania/mixed mood and (in some cases) depression. You have normal moods in between episodes and seasons may affect your swings.

Bipolar Disorder II - you typically have had at least one known incident of hypomania (a mild form of mania) and depression. You have normal moods in between episodes and seasons may affect your swings.

Cyclothymic Disorder – you may go between mild forms of depression and mania (in the form of an elevated mood). The swings are short and mild but can progress to a more severe bipolar disorder.

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder – you have four or more incidents of mania, depression or both during the course of a year.

Unspecified Bipolar Disorder – you do not fit into any of the major types of bipolar depression categories. Your moods may be similar to or very different from what is described therein.

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Read the descriptions... if you don't feel that any of them fit your moods, then Unspecified is the way to go... It is not a negative diagnosis.

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Edited by msanjelpie

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