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11 minutes ago, looking for answers said:

Ur parents don’t believe there’s an issue? Does you GP label u bipolar?

So the thing is that yes I have been diagnosed BP1, but my parents don’t like going to specialists (I have no idea why) so they aren’t the best when it comes to this but I have been working on some self help methods and a coworker of mine gave me a bipolar workbook which has been very helpful. That should/hopefully get me through the year and then I can get some real help.

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1 hour ago, ReincarnatedCow said:

Well not exactly... I’m in the middle of moving states in a few days and in my last manic swing I totaled my car.

But your parents did not think that a manic episode ending in you totalling a car was worthy of treatment and dangerous to your safety and health? Did you tell them you were manic? Mania is pretty obvious to see when a person goes into an episode. But that kind of dangerous behavior should have landed you in the hospital for your safety. Did you tell anyone about this? A school counselor? Trusted teacher? Do they know the car was totalled? They must right? How could they not think this was a huge red flag? As soon as you move, I'd be talking to your school counselor then and explain the severity of your situation. You seriously could have been injured or worse or injured another person or worse by totalling your car. Can you even walk or take the bus to see a Dr? That's another option. I'm just worried. I think you need treatment. Bipolar is not something to mess around with. Car wrecks are dangerous and scary

And why isn't your gp Dr prescribing you bipolar medications? Zoloft is an antidepressant. If you were diagnosed as BP 1 why no BP meds?

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21 minutes ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

But your parents did not think that a manic episode ending in you totalling a car was worthy of treatment and dangerous to your safety and health? Did you tell them you were manic? Mania is pretty obvious to see when a person goes into an episode. But that kind of dangerous behavior should have landed you in the hospital for your safety. Did you tell anyone about this? A school counselor? Trusted teacher? Do they know the car was totalled? They must right? How could they not think this was a huge red flag? As soon as you move, I'd be talking to your school counselor then and explain the severity of your situation. You seriously could have been injured or worse or injured another person or worse by totalling your car. Can you even walk or take the bus to see a Dr? That's another option. I'm just worried. I think you need treatment. Bipolar is not something to mess around with. Car wrecks are dangerous and scary

And why isn't your gp Dr prescribing you bipolar medications? Zoloft is an antidepressant. If you were diagnosed as BP 1 why no BP meds?

Yeah I managed to only walk away with a concussion. At this point once we get to where we move (this upcoming Monday) im gonna keep pestering my parents to take me to an actual specialist and fix this. Im kinda done with all the mania and depression. And the old family doctor said he wanted me to try Zoloft (never trying that again). Why he said I should try that I have no idea but I’m gonna make sure they take me to someone who actually knows what I could benefit from and not send me into mania.

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Just now, ReincarnatedCow said:

Yeah I managed to only walk away with a concussion. At this point once we get to where we move (this upcoming Monday) im gonna keep pestering my parents to take me to an actual specialist and fix this. Im kinda done with all the mania and depression. And the old family doctor said he wanted me to try Zoloft (never trying that again). Why he said I should try that I have no idea but I’m gonna make sure they take me to someone who actually knows what I could benefit from and not send me into mania.

Oh I'm sorry you had a concussion, but I'm glad it was not more serious. Good on you for working hard to get the treatment you need and deserve. And knowledge is power. You sound like you do know a fair amount about bipolar already. That's great! I wish I knew what I was facing at your age. I didn't know what the hell was going on. 

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53 minutes ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

Oh I'm sorry you had a concussion, but I'm glad it was not more serious. Good on you for working hard to get the treatment you need and deserve. And knowledge is power. You sound like you do know a fair amount about bipolar already. That's great! I wish I knew what I was facing at your age. I didn't know what the hell was going on. 

It has been quite the struggle if I’m being honest but I have had the help and advice from a coworker who was able to help me out and show me what was going on.

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7 hours ago, ReincarnatedCow said:

He said he wanted me to just try Zoloft, I’m never trying that again and I don’t know why he would suggest it. We are finding a new doctor and hopefully specialist once we move.

When you find a new dr, even if it's just another primary, please tell them about your Mania/Depression and explain what happened with you and the car. ANY competent doctor should see that as needing immediate attention. And I just can't believe your previous doc. Diagnosing you with BP1, knowing you were manic and yet trying to throw the Z at you? That's just disgraceful.

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I agree that giving an SSRI to ambipolar patient without a mood stabilizer or an antipsychotic is unwise, and the kind of mistake a GP might make if seeing the BP patient during a depressed phase. Am I reading this right, and you became manic shortly after beginning the Zoloft? And your doc left you on it? Sigh.

I went utterly bugfuck on an SSRI way back at the beginning of my treatment. Couldn’t take any AD again until I was stabile on an AAP and a mood stabilizer.

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