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Diagnosis

November 28, 2014

Why, hello there!  It’s been 8-9 months since I last posted in this journal and a lot of not much has happened.  It might be obvious from my last posts that I was not in a… normal state of mind at the start of the year, going on and on about God and my religious opinions, followed by a very depressed post and then silence.

On the 29th of October I saw a mental health doctor after being referred by my general practitioner and received an official diagnosis:

Bipolar Disorder, type I, most recent episode depressed

In retrospect it all seems so very obvious.  I can point to very distinctive manic episodes followed by depressed periods averaging about 3 months.  It also helps to explain the dismal failure of every anti-depressant I was ever prescribed.  I am now on the lowest dose of bipolar medication and we’ll see how things go from here.

I read on the information pages about Bipolar Disorder that it’s actually common for it to be misdiagnosed as ADHD because the symptoms are similar.  Having the right diagnosis can make such a huge difference to how I tackle solutions, and already Bipolar Disorder seems to fit me better.

Now that Bipolar Disorder has become relevant to me, I am noticing how many other people I know also have it.  It’s been good to hear from them about their experiences and coping strategies.  Please feel free to share yours.

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