Bipolar II - How to approach doctor?

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Hi guys, been suffering depression half my life and there have been changes in the past 2 years or so. Long story short I've done a lot of research and I perfectly fit the description of Bipolar II, so I'm seeing a doctor next week about it. I'm currently in a mania-like state and it's getting very exhausting.

My question is how should i approach my doctor about this. I'm seeing a new Dr so I have no idea if he will be understanding or one of those types to brush you off. I'm a bit afraid of doctors from bad past experiences. So should I just straight-up say I've done the research and think I have Bipolar, or play it dumb and give symptoms and see what he says?

Also how is one diagnosed? What sorts of treatments or screening should I expect or ask for? I've been brushed off by so many doctors just handing me anti-depressants and have had no referrals to therapists/psychologists and I'm sick of being treated this way.

Thanks in advance!

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    If you are in the UK you can straightforward ask your GP for a referral to a psychiatrist for assessment.  If you are in the USA, i have no idea, but I would have thought that a psychiatrist would be the best one to diagnose whether you have bi polar or not.  
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    Tell him everything you know. Including about your research. Doctors sometimes take years to get to the right diagnosis. Anything can help, so why not?
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