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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. I can definitely understand your concern when you think about the term "Bipolar" as it can have a lot of negative connotations to it, but I want to tell you that most people with Bipolar Disorder lead a very productive life once they are properly medicated. Bipolar Disorder, while cannot be cured, can be effectively managed with the proper medication regimen; because this is a neurochemical imbalance the only treatment is medication so I do not believe seeing your mental health counselor on campus will be of much help regarding treatment. Your mental health counselor can provide you with information about Bipolar Disorder, but eventually you will need to start seeing a psychiatrist regarding the proper medications. I usually recommend patients to see their general physician first so that you can be referred to a psychiatrist as soon as possible (this usually speed up the wait time to see the psychiatrist) and from there you can discuss your symptoms, get assessed, and get properly treated. But like I said most people with this disorder lead successful and productive lives when medicated, so most likely you will be able to move forward with your life with proper treatment.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns as I would be happy to continue assisting you regarding this issue.
I definitely understand how overwhelming this can be and that is why you do not have to go about this alone. A psychiatrist will definitely help you with the proper medications that will help to control your mood. Relief will not come over night, but if you and your psychiatrist work together I am positive that you both will find the proper medication regimen to help you succeed.
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