You stated that you can’t handle stress as well as your peers. I wonder how you know this. Unless you have formally surveyed your peers, your self-assessment may be inaccurate. In other words, you might think that other people are doing much better than you are, but without facts or data, you simply do not know.
You are struggling to handle stress. This is likely exacerbated by your depression. These problems can be effectively treated with counseling. You’ve been to a counselor and it wasn’t helpful but he or she may not have been a good match for you. You didn’t say how long you tried counseling but sometimes people quit before they should. The solution is to find another therapist. Not all therapists are the same. You will like some more than others. Choose the one with whom you like and feel the most comfortable.
You asked about whether or not you have bipolar disorder and that’s not something I can determine from a short letter. An in-person therapist would be able to make that determination. Whatever your diagnosis may or may not be, what matters the most is getting effective treatment. A good therapist will know how to help you. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle