You will most likely go in and explain why you think you may have Bipolar. They may ask your whole history. They will most likely ask any traumas, your family dynamics, about your job. It's pretty much an interview. If you've had any Psychiatric care in the past is something good to bring up. They may do some kind of questionnaire.
YOU can also ask them questions. Like their education and how long they have been in business.
Don't be nervous! This is their job and they are there to help you. PM me if you need to talk. Good luck
when I was evaluated. they just asked me how I slept how I ate. how often I feel down and how long... they asked about my shopping drinking sexual habits. they asked me about my childhood. how I cope with certain things.. just walkabout my life.. after a few months I was diagnosed : borderline bipolar,bdd, ptsd, and anxiety with panic attacks
If you're seeing a psychiatrist, they will prescribe you with medication. If you're seeing a psychologist or therapist, they will just talk to you and I'm not entirely sure if they can prescribe meds? I don't think so. It really depends on which one you're going to. My only advice, having depression and bipolar disorder myself, is...be careful going on medication. Once you go on, you're pretty much stuck on it for life. There is really no way for testing if you really have it, and so I always suggest going to a therapist to talk about it before going to get medication from a psychiatrist.
Just reading some of your posts- did you have your appointment yet? If you haven't, the best advice I can give you is to tell them everything (as long as you trust them) and tell them even the stuff that you're ashamed of. It will be scary and it's a hard thing to do but they can't help you if they don't know EXACTLY what they're up against. Know what I mean?