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Bipolar I

Preparing for Seasonal Depression

I suffer from seasonal depression, and every Holiday season I start to worry that a depression will take hold, and I won't be ready for it.

My depression has started to creep up on me and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Luckily, I went to my psychiatrist to see about increasing the milligrams of my antidepressant, which is very alarming to me cause I have never wanted to increase my medication.  If anything, I'm always trying to lower...
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Bipolar I

It’s Hard to Go to Your Psychiatrist

It’s a hard thing, for me, to go to my psychiatrist. I know it’s coming on the calendar, and I dread it. I actually forget the date and have to call my psychiatrist and leave a message:

“Hey Dr. I think my appointment is on Thursday the 15th….at 2:30? If i'm wrong call me back, otherwise I’ll be there at that date and time.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left that message. I have...
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Bipolar I

NOS – Not Otherwise Specified

Recently I’ve been rethinking my stance on diagnosis that tag on NOS, for example, Paranoid Schizophrenia NOS or Major Depression Disorder NOS. 

When I used to work in psych wards in Los Angeles County, it used to irk me that the treatment team would throw out diagnosis left and right with NOS for either they didn’t have to time to properly diagnose patients cause the hospital was a rotating door, OR, they don’t know enough about...
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Bipolar II

Self-Diagnosis & Miss-Diagnosis: A Cautionary Tale

Some people diagnose themselves before they get professional psychiatric help.  I did, and society influenced my “self-diagnosis.”  Just like PE class for children’s physical health awareness, it is crucial to teach mental health diagnosis in schools instead of using buzz words like ADHD and jumping on a bandwagon that might not be yours.  I thought I was ADHD because I didn’t know there was such a thing as Bipolar II – Chronic Hypo Mania.  Big...
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