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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the the American Psychiatric Association. It establishes a common language and standardised criteria with which to classify mental disorders.
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No. If they fall short, then they are not diagnosable.
It can be said that they meet certain of the criteria, but they still cannot be diagnosed with the disorder.
It is like a card game. You must hold all the cards to win.
If a person has bipolar disorder but they are not given mood stabilisers or antipsychotic drugs or antiseizure medication because the doctor thought he or she were treating only depression. then the onset of mania symptoms might occur. This is common, and is an indication that the person treated already had bipolar disorder. If a person has bipolar depression, it looks the same as unipolar depression.
So chances are that you already had bipolar disorder but the manic side was not clearly apparent to the physician. The symptoms may have been absent.
This is not really a drug induced mania.
Are you having mania now or recently, after that event?
It could be a side effect of the antidepressant.
I think that longer observation should be made before jumping to that conclusion. In any event, I'm sure I wouldn't take that medication again.
What was it?
I believe that if you have ever been diagnosed with bipolar before, then the next episode of depression should be categorized as Bipolar I Disorder , Most Recent Episode Depressed.
According to the rules of the current DSM (DSM-IV-TR)
It was evidently in remission all of that time.
During my internship, by chief supervisor was a young psychiatrist diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He was under the care of HIS psychiatrist. He took medications daily.
He was and still it a beloved psychiatrist, had been chief psychiatric resident of a major teaching hospital, and functioned wonderfully.
My point is that it can be controlled, as yours was, probably just by your own ability to cope and inner strength that you possess.
My psychiatric supervisor told all of his new bipolar patients, "Welcome to the club".
My point is not to brand yourself as a mentally ill person, which is what DSM does. In reality, you occasionally or even rarely get some symptoms.
Manage them, if need be, but don't let labels make you think that you are dysfunctional or crazy. You obviously are not.
If you have depression and need medication, the safest one would probably be Paxil because of its short half-life.
But it probably should be taken with a mood stabiliser as well.
If you were diagnosed with bipolar 12 years ago, then the person who diagnosed you had to have thought you had mania as well, right or wrong, or would not have been able to diagnose you as bipolar.
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