How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Arundhati Your Own Question

Arundhati
Arundhati, Counselor & Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 256
Experience:  Licensed psychotherapist, Published Wellness Author
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Arundhati is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hello, Im wondering if you can fathom somethign out for me.

Resolved Question:

Hello, I'm wondering if you can fathom something out for me. I am dyslexic and dyspraxic and as a child was described as "hyper active" though never received any diagnosis for hyperactivity at the time (diagnosis of dyslexia and dyspraxia while mooted at points during my childhood was only actually diagnosed at the age of 19).   I also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I take no medication and have limited active support for any of these conditions (I'm 26 and have a full time job as a senior journalist for the online department of a television company).   I think you could accuratly describe my base level (my normal behaviour - outside of a bipolar mania period or a bipolar depressive period) as hypomanic. It has occured to me that since my behavious has always been described as such (from the age of 2) and "hyperactivity" has been refered to - that in combination with other learning disabilities and mental health problems that I could have ADHD - which powers my base level - hypomanic appearance.   While quite happy in my day to day life (relatively speaking) I do believe this hyperactivity does iompair my social interaction to a degree - while it's normal to be bolshy as a journalist and keen - I am perhaps on occasions too keen and too forward - and this seems to be symptomatic of ADHD as it does not coincide with mania but seems to be closer to a description of ADHD. Is it possible I have ADHD and this is exacerbating other problems?<br/><br/>Basically I cannot sit still, talk very quickly and am prone to answering more questions than others. I'm not always great at getting social cues as to when it is or is not appropriate to speak/ interject. I'm fortunate in that I have a good track record with my job and tend to saelf check myself and only say somethign when I know about the subject or have an opinion on the treatment of the subject. Unfortunatly this is stilol quite a lot of interjections.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Arundhati replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

Thank you for writing in to Just Answer.

First of all I think you are very accomplished for your age and from what you write it seems to me that you're great at your job!

Yes, it is certainly possible that you have ADHD in addition to Bipolar. I'm sure you'll understand that it's difficult to diagnose over the internet nor is it ethical. But I would like to recommend that you consult with a psychiatrist to schedule a full mental health evaluation. This evaluation will provide a thorough insight into what you might be dealing with.

Overall, whether you are diagnosed with ADHD or not, I would encourage you to consider psychotherapy, especially since you already have a diagnosis of Bipolar and you are in, what sounds like a hectic job. Therapy will help you to build self-awareness as well as become familiar with tools and techniques that you will be able to use to best deal with your hypomanic phases should they get in the way of your productivity or success at work.

I hope this was helpful.

Please do let me know if you have additional questions/thoughts/reactions to what I wrote above.

Warm regards,

Arundhati
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you - and thank you for the compliment! What sort of psychotherapy should I be looking for? I should be able to schedule a psychiatric appointment relatively quickly butI'm aware because of one diagnosis it makes it (often) very difficult to diagnose other co-existing problems - should I specifically highlight my childhood medical records/ educational psychology reports that I'm not sure are readily accesible (and they're pretty dense) to my psychaiatrist?

Personally I'm hoping there's some form of suitable behavioural therapy or psychotherapy that will help me better moderate my own behavious and recognise what is "normal" and what is symptomatic of disability or illness and pull the two apart to better get on with my career.

Jayne
Expert:  Arundhati replied 3 years ago.
Hello Jayne,

Thank you for your reply.

Typically you should not have to take your records to the psychiatrist. You will be given a questionnaire that that will check for a wide range of issues, so answering that will be good enough. You can verbally share with the psychiatrist any other information that is not covered by the assessment, if you feel it will be helpful.

I think the best form of behavior therapy for you to moderate your behaviors will be cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You can find out therapists you can see through this directory. Once you enter your zip code, on the left of the search result page that shows up you'll see a drop down bar where you can sort via specialization. You can choose CBT there. You can also narrow down by experts who specialize in ADHD or Bipolar.

I hope this helps.

Kind Regards,

Arundhati
Arundhati, Counselor & Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 256
Experience: Licensed psychotherapist, Published Wellness Author
Arundhati and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education
 
 
 

Related Mental Health Questions