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Hello, for around 2-3 years I was diagnosed OKMH34211

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Hello, for around 2-3 years I was diagnosed with Bipolar. Then I mentioned a couple of new symptoms and my doctor said sometimes ADHD and Bipolar are often misdiagnosed because of their characteristics. I was on lamictial which was a wonder drug for me. The doctor took me off lamitial and gave me adderall and then said I was AdHD. The adderall does help me stay more focused and gives me energy. I know I have severe depressive tendencies. Sometimes I have extreme highs, even without the adderral, and do things that aren't rational. I personally feel like I have both bipolar and adhd. Is it possible that I have both? And the bipolar type based on my reading seems like a mixed type. yesterday I reached a serious low but today I have bounced back. Any suggestions?

Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

I am happy to help you with this.

Having worked with people with BiPolar and ADHD for many years, I can tell you that it is 100 percent true that these disorders can and do co-occur together.

This is why it is important that you have a Doctor (hopefully a Psychiatrist) that is managing your medication as it takes specific expertise to manage medications with these co-existing disorders.

More detail on this can be found here:

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/news/20030711/adult-adhd-bipolar-disorder-may-overlap

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2511.html


If you feel that your medication is not providing stabilization you need to see someone that can help you with the proper med or combination.

Kindest regards,
Bill

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Bill,

Thank you for your explanation. I also needed to hear it's okay to see another professional anytime a person's questions and needs are not being met. I would love to have future questions in this subject area addressed by you. Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Lynn-
Anytime you feel you are not getting the proper treatment or feel that you are being understood, one should feel more comfortable to see a second or third opinion.
This is a standard of care that should be respected by all experts.
I am happy to help you in this format anytime you have questions or concerns or need another perspective. However, I cannot provide ongoing therapy.
Simply preface each new question with FOR BILL LCSW ONLY and I will get it directly.
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