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Naming the beast... Bipolar Depression - February 10th 2011, 03:43 PM

Yesterday, I went to see a psychiatrist for the first time in four years. I was diagnosed with bipolar depression and I'm scared as s***. My first experience with a psychiatrist I was put on sleep medication, but that was when everything only first started. This time he put me on seroquel and antidepressants. I can't bring myself to tell anyone, even the people who know I'm having trouble. I have to keep reminding myself that its a disease, like I would tell people if I was diagnosed diabetic and had to take insulin. Yet, I can't tell anyone.
I thought knowing what I had would be a good thing, the danger you know sorta deal and it isn't as though I was surprised. Yet, I am scared. Scared of the medication, scared of the disease, scared of the changes I'll have to make, scared of what this means for my life. I guess what really changed is that I can't pretend I'm healthy anymore.
   
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Re: Naming the beast... Bipolar Depression - February 10th 2011, 03:52 PM

It's natural to be scared, don't let it get you down! Telling people will more then likely help you out rather then making things worse because they will be able to support you!


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Re: Naming the beast... Bipolar Depression - February 10th 2011, 04:16 PM

I know how scary it can be to get a diagnosis. Part of you is hoping for it, because you'll get the help you think that you need. But the other part of you is fearful once you are diagnosed, because it means you can't reassure yourself with "It's only normal, there's nothing wrong with me."

But I think the best thing for you is to try and look at this as a good thing. It means that you don't have to suffer alone anymore. It means that you have support, that you don't have to suffer in silence. It doesn't mean your struggle is over, but it means that you now it's gotten easier. I think the worst feeling is not truly knowing what's wrong, not being sure why you're sad or unhappy. Now you can know, and it doesn't have to be a scary thing. It can be comforting to know exactly what's wrong. Just try to stay positive, it's what will get you through all of this.

I have the same diagnosis as you, so I understand. I'm here if you ever need to talk. You're not alone.





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