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Bipolar - July 16th 2010, 07:07 PM

I'll start out by saying that I do not want to be diagnosed, as I do not want the diagnosis following me (especially if it can hinder my future career as a psychologist). But I am curious as to the diagnostic process and what it actually takes for a psychiatrist to make and solidify a diagnosis. I'll start by saying that over the course of a couple years, I have seen three different psychiatrists - one for several months until we could no longer afford her, another for a year because he was covered by my student insurance and then a temp whilst this other psychiatrist is on his summer holiday. All three psychiatrists have told me that I have Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar 1 - and all have come to this conclusion by not only an evaluation and tests to rule out other possibilities but by running a family history. All three have put me on medications and/or continued treatment from the previous psychiatrist to treat Bipolar Disorder, including mood stabilisers and I've been put back on an anti-psychotic. So I'm curious as to why an official diagnosis hasn't yet been made when they seem so sure this is what I have and they're treating me accordingly? Again, I don't care to be diagnosed. I'm simply curious as to how they can be so sure yet not have made an official diagnosis (unless I'm missing something and an official diagnosis isn't as obvious as I imagine it being ).

EDIT: I had previously thought that I was misdiagnosed as Bipolar, however, according to what my psychiatrists have written down, this is not the case and I was, in fact, mistaken.
   
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