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Hi,Thank you for the comprehensive history of symptoms.Very helpful to underatnd what you are going through.Are you online?
hi doc, yes for a short while
ok.No problem.we can have a quick chat.I find it useful to live chat answer
can i ask you few questions.
You gave a good account of symptoms.What interested me was, you mentioned intermittent periods of spurts of awesome energy and ability to do great things
How long these periods do last
day, two days
do you feel high in mood (opposite of feeling low) during these periods
sometimes doesnt really feel normal
yep - on a high as apposes to normal or low
do feel like having more energy levels,feeling like able to sort out things easily,have high self esteem during these periods?
do you find hard to concentrate during these periods? do you become overfamiliar with others?
when you say overfamiliar?
i think i concentrate better during these periods, or at least it feels that way
like talking to others you don't know,talking more familiar than normal with people you know..for example being over friendly with people who you generally consider acquintances
ok.dO YOU HAVE CREATIVE OR SOME WHAT CREATIVE THOUGHTS DURING THES EPERIODS
yes - im like that naturally but more during these periods - spot on
ok.last two questions
creative , yes
do you drink alcohol or take any drugs?
drugs no - alcohol very limited
Ok. Thanks. does any one in the family have problems with mental illness like depression Etc?
of late I found out my mother has been suffering - she has been ill so I blamed it on that. she also had a gambling problem we battled with.
in the past
she said she gambled as she was lonely, maybe depressed?
Ok.Based on the information provided, i think there is a possibility that you might be having symptoms of bipolar Affective disorder type 2. I hope you can understand that it is very difficult to diagnose on the internet but the symptoms are suggestive os a possibility.This is because...
1.You have periods of low mood,depressive symptoms. 2.You have periods of what we call as hypomania, like feeling high,being more creative and focus during this periods,high energy levels,feels on top of the world but that don't last long and the questions i have asked gave some indication in to that It is very helpful if you can keep a mod diary.
In mood diary, you usually rate your mood between a scale of 0 to 10...0 being your worst mood and 10 being best..if you do it for few weeks, we might be able to see a pattern.It is important that you seek help from your family physician or psychiatrist to go through these symptoms again,mental state examination and confirming the diagnosis. I have to inform your hat, you don't need to panic and important to seek the help.i have been treating professionals like doctors,lawyers,teachers with this condition.So, if the diagnosis is confirmed, either bipolar type 2 or unipolar depression based on the diagnosis, the treatments are available. The most important thing is recognising the problem,realising the necessity of help and seeking professional opinion.
i understand, i think me recognizing it is a first step. i thank you for your help
No problem.Please discuss with your doctor.As you rightly said recognising is the big step.If you have the mood diary,comprehensive history of symptoms by the time you see the doctor that might help the doctor immensely.
Please do not hesitate to ask me for more information if required at this stage.
Thanks Doctor Rao.Much appreciated!
No problem. I wish you all the best.I must say you have taken the first positive step in seeking help.I appreciate it is not easy. If you find the answer helpful,please provide positive feedback.Thank you