This could be consistent with a mood disturbance. All of the symptoms you describe are consistent with depression or bipolar disorder. When you have symptoms of depression with symptoms of mania that is considered bipolar. I will give you the symptoms and you can judge for yourself. Both depression and bipolar contain symptoms including hopelessness, suicidal ideation, irritability, forgetfulness, depressed mood, poor sleep and appetite, and fatigue. The difference between these disorders is that with bipolar there is this cycling where you will move mania to depression. Mania includes racing thoughts, agitation, lack of sleep, and excessive energy in some compulsive activity. Self harming is a very dangerous symptom consistent with these disorders as well. You need to see a psychologist or psychiatrist as soon as possible to alleviate these symptoms before you have any more impulsive thoughts. Certain medications can worsen both disorders including steroids and the use of prescription drugs. You need someone to evaluate you for a beneficial medication regimen. You can find a psychologist on the site for the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatrist Association.
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Yes I 4got 2 mention the lack of food and sleep. When i'm on high periods i'm lucky if I get 4 or 5hrs sleep a night, and it really annoys me how my mood can judge change just like that from high 2 low without any warning and can feel it happening but cant stop it and i really hate it. lost so many friends and gfs becoz of it coz I can just start thinking or saying really strange things and I don't realise what i've said till i've come down and it's really scary.
Right. I c. Well, I am seeing my GP on 14th. And, I am really scared bout it. So, do u know what the tests are for this and how long it takes to diagnose?
Right. I hope so coz I really don't feel myself atall atm. Haven't slept properly 4 weeks now and dont know what's going on any more and I hate it.
I just don't feel myself anymore. And I just hate it. I'm snapping at every1 so easily.And 3 weeks ago I smashed my fone up and broke it and the nxt day nearly broke my other 1. That just isn't me. I'm usually so laid back.
Action? What action tho? I'm already on Anti-depressants tho. Been on them 9 yrs now. But this is different. My mood changed so many times y'day from happy and content it went 2 sad and then just as I was going 2 bed it went really manic And I just couldn't sleep atall coz I couldn't control it. All this 4 no reason atall.
I c. Would you say that this sounds like signs of Bipolar Disorder? Becoz if it was just depression then surely i wouldn't get the manic periods that i get?
The symptoms seem to be consistent with that but it is hard to say. You would not have mania with depression
Yes, that's what I thought.
Would my general doc b able 2 diagnose this or would I have 2 wait and b sent to the Hospital?
Hmmm, that's what I thought. So I prob won't get a diagnosis till nxt year/
But if i'm seen as an outpatcient it prob wont B till nxt yr do u think? I'm in the UK btw.
So do u think I should go to the accident and emergency at the hospital? Another thing i've been doing is overdosing on painkillers coz of really bad toothache. Been taking 12 Tramadol and 10 Paracetamol a day.
Well, it's becoz i've got v bad Toothache. Had it a month now. Don't wanna waste any1s time at the Hospital. And, I can't walk or drive anyway. Is it really that dangerous?
Really? Oh. What would I say 2 the Ambulance people tho? I can't go till Sun tho coz of my cat? my mum has gone away till Sun?
No, i'm not depressed atm. I'm manic. When I come down from that I will b sad.
I'm comin down a bit now from the mania. I don't wanna waste any1s time tho at the Hospital?
Yeah, coming down is good. But, i'll prob b sad soon.
I c. Well,if that's how u c it?
Do you think I would b betta off sleeping?
Guess I can try. Can't sleep wen i'm Manic tho so av 2 wait till I come right down. How much sleep would u say is 2 much sleep?
I think what you feel rested after is good for you. Lots of people say 8 hours is right
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Ok. Hope u dont mind me talking to u. Only i'm on my own till Sun and am a bit anxious and nervous.
Well, I took 22 painkillers y'day 12 tramadol and 10 paracetamol. And, allready taken 8 of each today. this is ok just 4 a few days isn't it?
My gp doc just reffered me 2 the hosp as an out patcient for these probs. and has put me on a new drug called Citalopram. 1 every morning she said. Can you tell me a bit bout this drug pls and what it's for? do you thing it will help my mood swings ups and downs and manic periods?
I c. So do u not pescribe this 4 patcients?
ELLIOT. Hmmm, that's what I thought. Bit like adding fuel 2 the fire isn't it if u have mania. but 4 some strange reason my general practice doc. didn't seem 2 take the manic parts i get daily v seriously and instead only really talked bout the depressive part. but the swings daily r pretty much 50 50.. 4 some reason she also seemed 2 think it wasn't Bipolar despite the symptoms. but she didn't give me a reason why she thought that. I think Bipolar is def more likely 4 my symptoms.. So, now I dont know what 2 do and weather 2 take it or not. I am on Dothepin atm 150mg a day and she is takin me off these and puttin me on the 1 I mentioned above.
ELLIOTT. Thanku 4 ur reply. I took it this morning. I had no choice because my Dothepin is being withdrawn and i'll b left with nothing if I dont take the stronger 1. But as I thought I am really high and manic now. I have no appt with chycirtrist till the new year so what do I do? In really tough position now. My GP oviously doesn't know much bout this. But, this is the same doc who in 2010 ruled out me havin MS only 4 me 2 b diagnosed with it in 2011. And, I have 2 say I think she is wrong again here. Coz I am capable of almost anything when i'm as manic as this.