Hey guys. So my psychiatrist had diagnosed me with dysthymia, which is a kind of depression which is mild but last a long time (something like that) and anxiety. I was doing better on the lower dose of antidepressant so I thought maybe I could get off of it. He had said before I might be able to stop in the summer. I also was going to a mental health day treatment.
He had said that to be diagnosed with bipolar the mood has to last as least 3 days. I’ve read there are other types of bipolar such as rapid cycling but not all doctors seem to know or recognize those kinds. I’ve heard of people getting diagnosed with it though.
I got off the antidepressant last week. The first while was mostly alright and then the last few days were pretty bad (called crisis line a few times). Then this evening my mood switched and I got kind of hyper and laughing thinking anything almost, was funny. My husband asked what was going on (something like that).
I find it very hard to believe that a diagnosis of just depression can also have parts like this so I want to see another psychiatrist even though my doctor seems so sure he knows I don’t have bipolar or BPD (he laughed when I asked).
There’s not much time to actually talk during sessions with him though. It’s about 10-15mins usually. No time for therapy. Mostly discussing medication and symptoms or side effects. Lol :/
Basically hoping I can hear from others. Either support or from your experience. I couldn’t find a group for bipolar. Anyone diagnosed with bipolar and how did that go? Did anyone start on an antidepressant and switch after or stop and what was that process like? Thank you so much if you read this. I know I wrote a lot. Hopefully it makes enough sense but you can ask any questions if it’s not clear. Take care. 😊💖✌🏼