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I'm worried about my friend - May 26th 2011, 02:08 PM

I'm sure she has something wrong with her but I don't know what. She has always been a bit odd but lately all her odd traits have multiplied by 1,000.

She can be so, so, so hyper, almost manic. She wants to do everything quickly, she's loud, she talks really fast and she can't sit still, throws house parties all the time etc.

She sometimes randomly makes loud noises like beeping noises, she reminds me of Ricky Gervais a bit.

She worries about anything. I thought I was bad with irrational thoughts but she's worse :/ She was worried about catching the black plague a few days ago :/

She can't have bi-polar as she's not depressed at all, I just can't tell what's wrong with her.


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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 26th 2011, 03:37 PM

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I think you should consult a psychiatrist or a therapist. They would know best.
It could be ADHD, of type 2, that's hyperactivity, if I'm not wrong. Anyone else, feel free to correct me if I am.
She may have a combination of 2 disorders maybe?
I haven't really heard of anything like this being a disorder. I would consult a therapist.
Hope you have luck in finding out if anything is wrong (hopefully, she's okay).

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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 26th 2011, 03:39 PM

Dear Ceilidh,
I am very sorry to hear about your friend. Have you tried talking to her? It may help if she knew how you felt. Many teenagers experiment with things, and can sometimes
seek attention, so it's important not to jump to conclusions about her health. How are things at home for your friend? It may be that she's really quite unhappy! You sound like a very good friend for caring so much, if your friend doesn't already, they will probably value you very much soon. Goodluck,
   
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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 26th 2011, 08:15 PM

She's 23 and lives with her boyfriend and has a 2 year old son. It's not like this is a teenager phase, she has always been like this.

Strangely enough they thought she may have had A.D.H.D. in school but never looked into it.


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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 26th 2011, 08:37 PM

You should talk to her about her behaviour. Tell her that you worry for her, and ask if things are alright. You are obviously a concerned friend. She might have a problem and not realize that what she is doing is considered abnormal.
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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 28th 2011, 03:20 AM

If these behaviours have been lasting for years, the first psychiatric disorder that pops into my mind which can cover all the symptoms you mentioned is borderline personality disorder. One of the nine behaviours is short-term stress-related paranoia and delusions, while another behaviour includes mood instability (i.e. high anxiety). Throwing parties is consistent with yet another behaviour.

A paper was released by Alexandra Philipsen in 2006 examining adults with ADHD and borderline personality disorder, where she suggests in some patients, it resembles one disorder as opposed to two disorders. http://www.springerlink.com/content/...7431/abstract/

The point of that article is that it eventually states there is a 70% co-morbidity with childhood ADHD and adulthood BPD. Also, many symptoms of the two disorders overlap but there are distinctions, such as ADHD does not have delusional paranoia but BPD can. The manic-like symptoms can be due to either or both ADHD and BPD because they both can account for some of them. However, there are distinctions because ADHD has more running around than BPD does. If it lasts for more than 1 day, then it's more likely BPD but if it continues past 4 days, it's either an extremely severe symptoms of BPD or possible hypomania.

The beeping probably is due to ADHD or she swallowed an alarm clock.


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Re: I'm worried about my friend - May 28th 2011, 09:55 AM

Thanks. I'll talk to her the next time I see her the weird thing is half the time she doesn't know she's making noises I'll have to tell her to stop before she realises she's doing it,


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