It doesn’t really matter anymore but my therapist said that there is a possibility that I was misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety! She didn’t think I was suffering from MDD (Major Depressive Disorder). I don’t even think I was diagnosed because I went to my GP and she must have felt so sorry for me that day of my breakdown that she prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills. This was my therapist’s opinion. I considered the possibility and turned to Google for some insights.
From the information at my disposal, I found the following worth sharing. I have left the links to and as per the original source.
Bipolar disorder may include the following warning signs.
7 signs of mania
- feeling overly happy or “high” for long periods of time
- having a decreased need for sleep
- talking very fast, often with racing thoughts
- feeling extremely restless or impulsive
- becoming easily distracted
- having overconfidence in your abilities
- engaging in risky behavior (such as having impulsive sex, gambling with life savings, or going on big spending sprees)
7 signs of depression
- feeling sad or hopeless for long periods of time
- withdrawing from friends and family or losing interest in activities that you once enjoyed
- having a significant change in appetite
- feeling severe fatigue or lack of energy
- speaking slowly
- having problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making
- thinking about or attempting suicide, or having a preoccupation with death
My therapist was quick to tell me about the different types of Bipolar Disorder and that she thought I could be suffering from Bipolar II, which is what I am going to tackle.
I have copied below the text I find might apply to me. For the rest of the article, you may click on the sub-title above, or here.
Bipolar II is four times more common than bipolar I. It includes symptoms that are much less severe. These symptoms are called hypomanic symptoms. Bipolar II is harder for people to see in themselves, and it’s often up to friends or loved ones to encourage someone with this type to get help. Hypomania often becomes worse without treatment, and the person can become severely manic or depressed.
Rarer types of bipolar
There are two other types of the disorder that are less common than bipolar I and II. Cyclothymic disorder involves mood swings and shifts similar to bipolar I and II, but the shifts are often less dramatic in nature. A person with cyclothymic disorder can often function normally without medication, though it may be hard. Over time, a person’s mood swings may develop into a diagnosis of bipolar I or II.
Bipolar disorder not otherwise specified is a general category for a person who only has some bipolar symptoms. These symptoms are not enough to make a diagnosis of one of the other three types.
I feel that if I am indeed suffering from Bipolar, it is a general category. I do believe I only show some symptoms and they are not enough to put me under either of the three types.
The website has articles on other disorders which I think are somehow related to Bipolar, including OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). I am convinced I suffer from OCD, but that is just me. It is also possible that I am simply a control-freak and a neat-freak.
Below is a little on OCD.
Some people with OCD manage to mask their behaviors so they’re less obvious. For others, social situations trigger compulsions. Some things you might notice in a person with OCD:
- raw hands from too much hand washing
- fear of shaking hands or touching things in public
- avoidance of certain situations that trigger obsessive thoughts
- intense anxiety when things are not orderly or symmetrical
- need to check the same things over and over
- constant need for reassurance
- inability to break routine
- counting for no reason or repeating the same word, phrase, or action
- at least an hour each day is spent on unwanted thoughts or rituals
- having trouble getting to work on time or keeping to a schedule due to rituals
I probably do not have OCD. I am an Accountant and I feel the need to be certain and accurate. Consequently, I have some rituals and I do need to check the same things over and over.
I have not seen my therapist for a year now. I have not been on medication, which I took for a couple of months, for more than a year and a half. I most probably do not suffer from any of the disorders mentioned above.
I could be a little paranoid… Paranoia is another disorder. Excuse me, I used the wrong word. I am just anal (anal retentive).