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Hi, I'm aware that Bipolar requires a professional diganosis but I am struggling to get my boyfriend to consider seeing a doctor at the moment. He has suffered with depression and social anxiety for years but this has now led me to thinking he may have bipolar. I know two people who have this condition but it presents itself in very different ways for both of them so not sure if my boyfriend fits the symptoms?
He has low mood much of the time at the moment, feelings of low self worth, little interest in doing things he enjoys, not eating well, not wanting to see people, poor sleep routine, no interest in sex
Other times he can be okay, feeling good about the day ahead, laughing, joking etc and some times very good, singing, being very productive etc (rare at the moment) but I wouldn't say ever manic.
He can be quite manipulative and often make me feel that things are my fault. He expects my mood to be in sync with his so if he is happy he is annoyed if I am not. (This may occur when he has had a low mood and been not very nice to me, snappy etc)
He has low tolerance to stress so gets very annoyed/angry about stuff especially things he can't really change for example not liking his boss. Often he has quit jobs in the past because he didn't like the management, thought people were dishonest etc which has put us under financial strain.
He is not very good with money handling, much better these days but when we got togther he has been in debt, maxed out credit cards etc.
He has very definate thoughts about stuff, some negative and some positive, for example buying a lottery ticket and being dissapointed he didnt win because he really thought he might (people describe him as an eternal optimist) or bad stuff currently we have been discussin having children but he thinks that because he is older (44) and works with children with disabilities that the baby will be disabled.
He is very intelligent but often overthinks things. He is a pefectionist and gets annoyed with others who don't keep to his high standards.
He has had a few significant traumatic events happen in his life (not sure if that would have an impact) he has also used drugs recreationally in the past and had a daily cannisbis smoking habit for many years, although this stopped a few years ago. He also used to play sport (Rugby league) every week for most of his life but stopped this a few years ago and says he struggles not having an outlet for his adrehalin anymore.
Any thoughts on whether these are bipolar type behaviours would be appreciated.
Thankyou, frustrated girlfriend!
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