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My Friend Thinks I’m Bipolar

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I have been severely depressed for a while now. I am trying to get help through a local mental health clinic. Their initial diagnosis was major depression and anxiety. I am waiting to see a therapists and psychiatrist. A friend of mine that I have known for over 20 years told me that she thinks that I am bipolar. How do I know if that’s true? And if it is why wasn’t I diagnosed as bipolar? I have had times where I was extremely hyper. It’s been awhile because of my other health issues have me very depressed. I have severe asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, fibromyalgia, seizure disorder, and a back injury. I have recently been put on a medical leave.

My Friend Thinks I’m Bipolar

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I can imagine it is very difficult for you to be coping with all the symptoms. Your friend has known you for a much longer time than the people who saw you for an intake and may be seeing patterns that have not emerged in the therapeutic session. The initial diagnosis allows professionals to learn more about you. When you do see the psychiatrist and therapist let them know what your friend has said, and more important, why.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Friend Thinks I’m Bipolar

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Friend Thinks I’m Bipolar. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/09/12/my-friend-thinks-im-bipolar/
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