Yes, to both Psychiatrists and the family counselor. But my daughter is adamant I continue to see someone more knowledgeable about the intricacies of this disorder. And I mean adamant!
Previously my wife almost ordered me to take an anti-depressant and I stopped taking it (a Zoloft generic alternative) and an anxiety reducing drug (a Xanax generic ) as I saw no real reduction in symptoms and the costs were prohibitive as her health plan reduced subsidies. I only got to this site in error when seeking a questionaire which purported to enable one to determine if BiPolar Disorder might be present. I kind of expected you to ask such questions as were put to me by the psychiatrists to suggest if another one is appropriate to seek out.
Yes, those questions were addressed and I answered that I have not really had such episodes, though I have a short temper, often directed at myself or inanimate objects that do not function (like computers or fax machines), but rarely do anything in the presence of others. I am able to restrain myself in public situations and rarely get excited in the presence of others. Most people belive I am very easy going because I keep my feelings inside. I was a Parole officer in New York CIty for 15 years, after earnng a MBA, I got into mortgage banking, a stressful job which I worked at successfully for 22 years then retired at 59 and 1/2 as the industry was dying. My wife worked three days a week as a physical therapist but could not tolerate me sitting at home "doing nothing" in her eyes while I was trying to sort out my future. She literally coerced me to work, first job available was as maintenance man at golf course in South Carolina in August. I have 4 herniated discs in my neck, a surgically repaired left knee and right shoulder. That was a bad decision for me to agree and after 4-5 monthes my right arm and hand was atrophying form the hard manually labor. That was when i was coerced into the liquor business. Oddly, she always complained I was never home for the precious 37 years, she was encourtaging me to work 6 days and 10-12 hours a day. Then she went to a new supervisory position with way more hours, over 48, five days a week and decided to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy on liine with Boston University. She could hardly get email so it was stressful and she vented all her frustrations on me. That was why she did not confront me directly about the check book incident nor ever apologized when proven it was a bank error. Now she is convinced, as she has done with our daughter, that it is me and only me who is off balance and in need of psychological care and medication. All is quite frustrating and depressing in combination with all that precedes it. So, any other questions to enable me to ascertain if I have BiPolar Disorder? Incidentally, I type slowly and poorly as I only have 9 fingers, having lost my left index finger in an accident 2/1/2010.
My daughter does appear to exhibit some of the manic activities, having literally yelled at me that my second (and first after that assesment) psychiatrist failed to ask more of the correct questions as did her "fourth doctor. I posited that perhaps she wa just finding what she was looking for, rather then actually being properly diagnosed and she went basllilstic on the phone. Yet after several weeks of Lithium(?) medication, it does not appear she has overcome any of her manic expressions, at least to me.
What other questions might I have been asked that are cogent to the diagnosis she expects me to receive?