Quoting LumpySpacePrincess:" Bipolar is very hard for doctors to diagnose but if you go to your local GP he/she can help get you on the right track."
Quoting waitingimpatiently.:" Have you been to a therapist or psychiatrist? A psychiatrist would probably be best because they specialize ... [snip!] ... because they specialize in mood medication. I am bipolar and don't take anything, the few things I tried I didn't feel right."
Quoting mum2two2&under:" I would talk to your doctor, who then would most likely refer you to a psychologist. It's hard to diagnose ... [snip!] ... Start by talking with your doctor and describe your basic feelings and he/ she will know where to go from there. Good luck!!"
Quoting Amanda Sixx |26 wks|:" im bipolar 1 which is the worst and its very hard to find the right drug to help me"
Quoting Rista Kat:" I guess I need to get some insurance then. I don't expect any doc to just diagnose me in one visit but ... [snip!] ... old and tired of not having a normal life. It's starting to really effect my relationship with other people and my own son."
Quoting Rabbit™:" I would definitely try to be seen by a psychiatrist. Bi-Polar is actually a lot harder to diagnose than ... [snip!] ... ill. Best results are seen when patients also participate in a therapy program while undergoing pharmaceutical treatment. "
Quoting Rista Kat:" I would rather not be medicated actually, which is why I never stayed on anything other docs prescribed ... [snip!] ... open to medication if it's absolutely needed. Can I just make an appointment with a psychiatrist or do I have to be referred?"
Quoting Rabbit™:" It depends. A goid starting point would be with your local NAMI chapter (go to NAMI.org) and/or local mental health center. They will be able to point you in the right direction. "
Quoting Rista Kat:" Does your psych doc ever mention other ways to cope with it without drugs?"