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I hope you don't mind but I wondered if you could tell me a little more about the symptoms of bipolar?
I have been suffering with depression for about two years now. I had a few bad patches as a teenager aswel. I never saught help until recently when I developed severe anxiety and I am now at the beginning of the process of getting diagnosed properly. I have been prescribed Prozac and am awaiting a referral to a mental health expert.
My brother-in-law (who is a behavioural counsellor) is the one who told me to see my GP and discuss the possibility of seeing a psychiatrist. What he did not tell me but I overheard him saying is that he is 'almost positive' I have bipolar disorder.
After looking into it online, I think he may be right. I am aware of the dangers of self-diagnosing and don't want to convince myself of anything. However, I also know how tricky it can be to get a right diagnosis and thanks to funding cuts for mental health where I live I think it will be a long time before I get the professional help I need. I would really like to know what I'm facing.
My life has been up and down like a yo-yo since I left school (I'm 26 now) - I'm reasonably intelligent, have had some amazing jobs and should be successful and happy by now, but everytime things start going right I collapse again. it would be nice to know why. Please help.
Thank you xx
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