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Bipolar depression? - November 28th 2010, 10:33 PM

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My boyfriend and i believe that i suffer from bipolar depression. i lash out one minute and am crying the next. I have also had feelings of worthlessness and i feel unloved sometimes. My boyfriend has almost broken up with me because of it and its hurting the people around me. I feel like no one loves and cares for me. I dont want to feel like this anymore. Do i need to feel like this? is it my fault? (i feel like cutting gives me hope but i dont want to cut anymore. ) help please.
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Re: Bipolar depression? - November 29th 2010, 12:06 AM

Hey there. Depression isn't your fault. When I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. My doctor told me that it is harder to diagnose people with Bipolar, if you're not a doctor. So we can't tell you if you are or not. The best bet is to talk to your doctor. Let him or her know how you're feeling. They can help, and will tell you if you have bipolar or not. Definitely try not to cut, it is a horrible addiction and hard to get out of it once your in it. When you're talking to your doctor, make sure you mention EVERYTHING. That's the only thing I regret is not telling my doctor certain things.

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Re: Bipolar depression? - November 29th 2010, 05:44 AM

Honestly, depends, Bipolar involves Mania as a diagnostic criteria. And well, from what you've described, Mania seems to not be an issue.

I still suggest you go to your doctor though, because it does sound like a case of Depression that should be checked out nonetheless.

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Re: Bipolar depression? - November 29th 2010, 07:21 AM

"Lashing out one minute, and crying the next" does not sound like bipolar depression to me. Bipolar depression involves periods of mania, the opposite of depression. It is extremely rare (but not impossible) for someone with type 2 or "3" bipolar to experience both depression and mania at the same time, though.
Bipolar Depression I: Severe depression and severe mania
Bipolar Depression II: Severe depression and mild mania
Cyclothymic Bipolar Depression (the 3rd type): mild depression and mild mania

Most of the time, a person with bipolar depression is entering, in, or exiting one of the two stages, not experiencing both, and an episode at either end is usually stretched over the course of a couple of days to a couple of months. Rapid Cycling bipolar (more than 4 cycles of mania and depression in a year) is rare. Also rare is fast cycling, which means the transition from one to another, or from "neutral" to mania/depression, is extremely fast. The thought that someone with bipolar disorder who isn't on medication has a "neutral," though, is false. Really, it's just a transition period.

What you've described sounds like unipolar depression (just depression) of some level. It is possible to be angry while depressed, and not all types of depression mean that you're depressed absolutely all the time. My psychology professor used the example of taking a person and plopping them down in Disneyland with a fist full of spending money. The classic "major depression" and melancholic depression (which is chronic) are types where this lucky person would not feel happy. A person with "atypical" depression would be happy for a little while.

Anyway, enough psychology jargon from me. What you really should do is tell someone who can get help for you. You should be speaking to a counsellor, and possibly looking at medication. Be advised that medical doctors should not diagnose depression and bipolar without instruction from a counsellor/psychologist, as they are not trained in psychology.

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Re: Bipolar depression? - November 29th 2010, 04:20 PM

Iv been in a hospital with lots of people with Bipolar Disorder. I think that you should talk to a doctor about it. The earlier its spotted, the easier it is to control it. There is lots of medication out there as well.

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