Ask the Therapist About Bipolar - Page 2

Do I Have Cyclothymia?

I’ve been doing research on mental issues, due to emotional and psychological problems I think I might have been experiencing since the beginning of Summer. I took several online quizzes (Which I understand aren’t the most reliable of resources) and I was shown results that may indicate I have Bipolar II. After looking into the topic further, cyclothymia seemed like a far more accurate diagnosis. I would like an opinion from an expert though,...
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Friend Is Suicidal, Has Bi-Polar Mania & Lives in Another State

My best friend just contacted me at first to tell me she was dying her hair. Then she told me she was getting a divorce from her husband and was starting the transition to become a man. Her family is verbally refuting everything and otherwise ignoring what she has told them. She claims to be diagnosed with bipolar mania. However, she diagnosed herself. She has a Mensa level IQ and just completed her Masters...
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Torn about Diagnosis of Bipolar II

Hi there, I’m torn between accepting or rejecting a diagnosis of Bipolar II. A clinical psychologist diagnosed me with Bipolar II a week ago and now I am under a primary care physician to receive mood stabilizing medication this week. I don’t think I have bipolar disorder though. Can personality not sometimes resemble bipolar? I am sometimes hyperactive and able to take on a 100 projects, feel super smart and pretty and am at...
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Fast Talking Voices in Head

My niece just opened up to my family that she has been hearing voices. She says everyone talking around her they start to talk really fast and then she starts hearing very fast voices in her head. She gets very quiet and starts to whimpering when this happens she gets very scared and this has happened 2 times this week already while she’s been camping with her grandparents (my mom and step dad) she...
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I Feel Sad a Lot, I Have Bad Mood Swings & Insane Jealousy Problems

Hi, I don’t know if I have a mental health issue or if it’s just normal behavior. I’ve been going out with my partner for over 6 years and throughout I’ve been suffering from bad mood swings, which I often just put down to my personality. It has really started to affect my relationship and I can’t be surprised because I know I can be a nightmare at times. It has got to the...
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Bipolar, Suicidal Father

My father lives states away from me and my siblings. My siblings and I have always thought he was semi-unstable, but recently he’s gotten much worse. We’ve called the cops before because he’s said he is suicidal and now been diagnosed with Bi-polar Disorder Type 1. He really needs help, but knows exactly what to say and not say in front of doctors and such–he claims institutions are NOT a place for him, that...
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I’m Unable to Talk about My Feelings

From the : I am 14 and I am trying to figure out why I am the way I am. I am unable to talk about my feelings with my parents and other people. I shut people out all the time. But I give my friends great advice and am like a therapist to them. My father(40yrs old)and brother(19yrs old) suffer the severest form of bipolar disorder. I grew up in a chaotic home....
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How Will I Know When to Go Inpatient with BPD?

I have been struggling the past few years and it’s getting much worse. I ended up at a hospital for an interrupted attempt at suicide and since then the feelings haven’t left. I feel numb all of the time and I see a counselor but they can’t schedule me in except for maybe once a month. I was going to start with some partial hospitalization facility but my insurance only covers inpatient or outpatient,...
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I Have Bipolar Disorder, But Could It Just Be Anxiety?

I’ve had social anxiety disorder most of my life and have coped with it well until it seems recently. Lately, I’m sad and upset all the time, I cry often over nothing more than my thoughts, I don’t get out of bed, and I’ve called out/left work early just to be alone. I feel numb or sad, and I also feel really worried that my boyfriend doesn’t like me anymore or is cheating (though...
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Can’t Have a Relationship with My Bipolar Daughter

I was married to a man with bipolar for 30 years. It was a verbal, mental and sometimes physical abusive relationship. From this 30 year marriage, I now have a 33 year old daughter who was diagnosed with Bipolar also. I just can’t get along with her. I think she just hates me. I was not an abusive mother. I tried so hard to protect her from her father’s abuse. I thought she would be...
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Questioning My Mother’s Mental Health

I wonder what I could do. I am here because I need to understand urgently my mother’s issue. We are a good family, I am my parents only child and 3 years ago we have moved countries, from Brazil to the United States. For the past 5 years, me and my dad have questioned if she has any type of mental disorder. She is very stubborn, violent when mad, and very easily irritated. Her...
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