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Wondering about a diagnosis of BPD
I have a working diagnosis of rapid cycling schizoaffective bipolar type and diagnoses of OCPD and severe PTSD. I was told i exhibit signs of BPD (Fear of abandonment, self harm, no sense of or poor perception of self image/identity, strained relational aspects, rapid mood swings that last only days/hours) but no clear diagnosis can be made due to the complexity and overlap of symptoms of what I have PTSD over and the bipolar aspect. I have done extensive research on BPD and have always felt like I recognized with the symptoms, but have no clue if its just purely coincidental due to the nature of what I'm dealing with.
What I am wondering is would it be beneficial to keep track of and mark when I have mood shifts and what I think caused them as well as any marked changes in self perception/image and relational aspects and why I feel how I do when I do. Is it worth it to commit this much to something I may not even have because it's explained by other factors, or would this be beneficial in ruling out other factors and closing in on a more firm working diagnosis? I am unsure if I should dedicate my time to something that may be futile in nature, because there just hasn't been enough time yet to work through my PTSD and other factors that are clouding a possible diagnosis.
I don't really know what I would do with a diagnosis, I just feel like I'm more in control when I do know for certain because I can work towards getting better with an effective and throughly thought out plan.
Any input? Am I out of line with my thinking or do I have legitimate cause to think the way I do? I feel like I'm simply trying to justify a way to feel in control and like im heading somewhere right now, but at the same time, I do truly feel like there is something else, something deeper, going on with me that is just being clouded by what I'm dealing with. Am I just thinking too far into this and grasping at something I think will give me control?
Um, What Am I? Two doctors, two diagnosises
My name is Stephane, and I've been recently diagnosed with borderline and/or bipolar II...which is where my dilemma comes in. My psychologist believes I have borderline PD, my psychiatrist, who spends more time with me, believes I have rapid cycling bipolar II. I see my psychologist once a month and my psychiatrist twice a week. I've tried to get them to talk to each other to come up with one concrete diagnosis, but they only want to go through me. I know a diagnosis won't define me, but I sure wish I knew what I am so I can come up with a plan of action. Has anyone else had this issue? I believe I'm bipolar--I was diagnosed bipolar by my primary care physician as a child--but I can't help but feel mounting frustration. The doctor not in charge of my meds wants my meds upped to take the edge off my psychosis. The doctor in charge of my meds gets mad that the other doctor is challenging his BPD diagnosis and says no. Help. What would be a good way to help fix this? I love both my doctors and respect them both, but the only thing they agree on is that I have OCD.
Drugs for depressive part of bipolar
I've been thinking about bringing up Wellbutrin to my PA for my depression/depressive episodes and mixed episodes. I know Antidepressants usually get a bad rep for use in treatment for bipolar disorder because they can trigger mania, but from what I've researched Wellbutrin seems to be an atypical one that affects dopamine more. Am i correct in stating that? I have severe motivation issues and feel generally apathetic when it comes to everything. Also from what I've researched it seems Prozac and Wellbutrin are a good combination that have been studied in use for treatment of the depressive aspect of bipolar disorder. I was on wellbutrin long ago before I had my MDD retracted but can't specially remember how I reacted. My mother tells me I did really well on it but I'm weary about restarting it from all the research I've done on antidepressants.
Any one ever been on this combination and have anything to say about it? Pros/Cons? Stories? Anything would be beneficial in helping me decide if its even worth bringing up.
Lithium carbonate withdrawal Seroquel
Okay this is my first forum posts. So please bear with me.
For or the last several years I have been on lithium 900mg and 1100mg broken in three doses.
I recently lost my insurance which covered the cost to be on there.
I've been withdrawaling for the last week and 2 day. (9 days total). I get the worst cold chills and feel super depressed and hopping not to spiral out of control when the maniac kicks in.
So my question is as follows...
Has as anyone else deal with this and how long did it last??
For many, behind the perceived success lurks the same highs and lows, as well as the fears of stigma and shame... even outright discrimination.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1087129 (To download without registering: http://www.hpbcreations.com/pdfs/bipolarlawyer.pdf)