thank you for choosing just answer Maria. To begin with the diagnosis of cyclothymia is given when the diagnosis of bipolar disorder does not fit. From your description of your symptoms however I would wonder why you would not be diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. For your information here are some self tests on the web to explain in detail what I'm talking about:
My second concern is that a diagnosis is only as good as the treatment plan it develops. Has your psychiatrist put you on any mood stabilizers and have they worked reducing your mania? has a put you on an a antidepressants to help you with your depressive episodes?
Thank you, I have done some tests, they do say it looks like bipolar. The reason I was not officially diagnosed with it is because I'm too young and my character is not stable yet. The psychiatrist insisted on me being really unstable but normal.
you mentioned that you can at times become hysterical. I have found that were to be overused and psychological nomenclature. The fact that it is almost never applied to men means to me that it's almost useless in helping me figure out what to do to help you. Is usually used to denote a personality disorder but your psychological awareness of your situation would not be typical of someone with that disorder.
They said that they don't feel the need to give me any medication due to the symptoms not being severe enough, and antidepressants would increase the chance of manic episodes appearing
You mentioned that you are too young to have a bipolar disorder. Perhaps your physician is not aware of the controversy over applying this diagnosis to children. There's nowhere in the criteria for bipolar disorder that mentions an age.
The older antidepressants had a tendency to spark mania however the newer antidepressants do not come such warnings. It is typical for psychiatrist to put some in who is suffering is much as you do on a mood stabilizer such as lithium which has very little side effects and a newer SSRI antidepressant.
Well, I have been battling with this for 5 years now, and since I possess an analytic mindset - I thought it over many times, trying to figure out what is going on. I recorded moods, things I have done, I did some tests on myself.
If your psychiatrist is reluctant to offer you medication he must not understand that at times you resort to cutting yourself to deal with the intensity of your emotions. Have you been honest and telling him how that your symptoms have become?
is very important for people with mood disorders to spend a lot of time introspective and recording your moods. It is also very helpful to have a partner who is willing to help you understand what triggers your moods and how to gain more control of them. At times this may be even more important than being prescribed the correct medication.
good to know. the psychiatrist, however, says that I am way too self aware and way too rational to be suffering seriously. but there are moments when it is really hard to get a grip of myself, obviously. I tried to teach myself how to control it to any extent, but it's going out of control now
It is important for you to feel that you are in control of your actions and your emotions. Your ability to maintain this may have help you avoid the extremes of emotions that characterize a manic-depressive.
yes, I told him everything that was going on with me
That is very important. Did you know that the number of political leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and notorious lawyers who are also manic-depressive are extremely high.
and I am lucky enough to have people who support me and try to help me, but it is hard for them. I have had a history of verbal abuse (came out of nowhere) as well as physical
It is not a diagnosis of the dullards. The creativity that people reach in a manic state is truly unbelievable. Many of these people are hard driven, charming and powerful leaders when their and control of the extremes of their emotions.
he told me that psychologically I fall into the pattern of artistic kind of behaviour - with a lot of ups and downs
Your history of verbal abuse simply means that you now have a challenge of understanding the triggers for this behavior. Aggression we now know is learned. The only and eight response that a baby has is a fear of falling. Most people with bad tempers have learned from someone near to them
I am aware of it, yes. I am a very straightforward person, and quite persistent, so some aggression is only natural.
I didn't realize artistic kind of behavior was a diagnosis. The so-called attitude of an artist is usually a euphemism for the kind of stuff the people around them have to tolerate just to get a few masterpieces
But that kind of outbursts scare me and people around me. Mainly because they seem to be unfounded, nothing would trigger them and they would be too violent
they have had some very good results in a prison population which is where worked as a forensic psychologist for many years teaching people with anger management deficits assertiveness training.
You mentioned that the outbursts of verbal violence have little prodromal signs. In my experience of running anger management groups for over 30 years that is the hardest type of anger to deal with
It is only someone who knows themselves extremely well that can learn how to avoid such volcanic eruptions
true, there are signs, but that would help me see that there is an onset of an episode.
.Have you thought about seeing a therapist who may be skilled in your problems a regular basis? I found it helpful
Yes, I looked into that. However, British system is quite complicated in that sense
I was in psychoanalysis four times a week for a year and found it immensely helpful in determining my emotional states. Even seeing someone on weekly basis may be very helpful for you
It took them a year to refer me to a council psychologist, who told me they can't help after two sessions, and then I had two sessions with a psychiatrist, who claims there is nothing really wrong
you might consider checking with the near psychoanalytic Institute. They provide low-cost therapy to young people.
I would like that, I thought about it myself - maybe that would help
I only paid a small fee for my analysis and it was extremely helpful. You will find that the Jung Instyitute has training analysis as well.
That is what I am doing now, searching for some sort of alternative practice
good to know, thanks
this would take you outside of the Byzantine British health system
if you are near a major city you also may look into other major psychological treatments to see if the institutes that are providing credentialing would offer low fee therapy. I believe the cognitive behavioral approach is currently the most popular and you may find an offer for more intensive therapy at a reduced rate through one of those institutes. The trainees are top-notch and already have licenses to practice therapy. There well supervised and very earnest in their efforts
I will look into that
.Anything else I can help you with?
there was something I wanted to ask, but it slipped my mind for now. Thank you for your advice, though
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