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    Hi, my psychiatrist thinks I have epilepsy. I’ve been having olfactory hallucinations for months. I’ve also had visual hallucinations over the years.
    A couple of years back I had a horrendous time with what I’m now wondering might have been focal seizures with fear.
    It was a recurring thing. Has anyone experienced this & if so, could you describe it a bit? Thanks, Zel.

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    Bipolar Basics (And the Challenges in Diagnosis)

    A complex mood disorder, bipolar poses several challenges to those who experience it. These pains include maintaining relationships, holding down sustainable employment, and often financial struggles. Less than 20% of those having bipolar disorder receive an accurate diagnosis within the first year of treatment. In fact, five or even ten years is not unheard of. So what is so difficult about diagnosing bipolar disorder?

    What is Bipolar?

    Bipolar disorder is a mental illness causing fluctuating moods and energy levels. It often affects emotions, sleep, appetite, focus, and many other aspects of the person’s life. Diagnostic criteria include experiencing depressive and manic episodes.

    What Might a Depressive Episode Look Like?

    During a depressive episode, some or all of the following signs and symptoms are present:

    ● Feeling sad and/or a sense of emptiness

    ● Loss of interest in activities

    ● Reduced energy and/or decreased activity levels

    ● Difficulty concentrating and/or forgetfulness

    ● Changes in appetite

    ● Sleep disruptions

    Suicidal thoughts

    What Might Mania Look Like?

    A manic or hypomanic episode may present some or all of the following signs and symptoms:

    ● Increased activity levels and/or taking on many tasks

    ● A sense of euphoria

    ● Racing thoughts

    ● Irritability

    ● Feeling jittery or similar agitation

    ● Engaging in risky behavior

    ● An abundance of energy and/or insomnia

    Types of Bipolar

    We can divide bipolar disorder into four categories: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymia, and Bipolar-Related Disorders. Each type of bipolar causes mood cycling. None of these has a singular cause although risk factors include trauma, brain function anomalies, and genetics. Symptoms typically begin during the teenage years.

    Bipolar I

    This is what most people think of when considering bipolar. It is characterized by a depressive episode and a manic episode. Episodes may last a significant amount of time or rapid cycle. Mania symptoms last seven days or more, or are severe enough to require intervention.

    Bipolar II

    Frequently misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder, bipolar II is characterized by a depressive episode and a hypomanic episode. As hypomania is less extreme than mania, they may pass it off as the person simply feeling better for a while.

    Cyclothymic Disorder

    Less extreme than the above, a person with cyclothymia vacillates between milder depression and hypomania. Continuous cycling for two years is considered cyclothymia.

    Bipolar-Related Disorders

    While not specifically a sub-type, this category encompasses mood disorders that resemble bipolar disorder but do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis.

    The Wrong Diagnosis

    People are more likely to seek treatment during a depressive episode and may not recall experiencing a manic or hypomanic episode, particularly in cases of bipolar II. This often leads to a diagnosis of major depressive disorder.

    Substance abuse may also lead to a misdiagnosis as the use of alcohol or drugs can often affect episode cycles. This can lead the healthcare professional to believe that substance use is directly responsible for mood swings.

    Someone with bipolar may also receive the incorrect diagnosis of schizophrenia as symptoms are similar for both diagnoses.

    Medication and Misdiagnosis

    Misdiagnosing bipolar disorder can lead to the healthcare professional prescribing medication that can worsen symptoms. For example, a provider may prescribe SSRIs for depression, which can trigger a manic episode.

    Medications prescribed for different conditions may trigger mood and energy cycles. For example, a prescription for corticosteroids may induce mania.

    Receiving the Right Diagnosis

    Healthcare providers are not intentionally misdiagnosing people who seek care. As we understand more about the wide sphere of mental illness, the need for deeper psychological evaluation and a detailed patient history becomes more apparent.

    If you are seeking treatment for your mental health, it’s important to share a lot of information, even if you find it embarrassing or shameful. The better your provider can understand your experience, the better they can treat you, and the sooner you can feel better.

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    I have to make a pretty big decision about my relationship. I really like him, perhaps even love, but things like values aren’t aligning. I also have no idea who I am so I don’t know what we really have in common. I don’t know I have a tendency to be a chameleon to people. Molding into what they want. It’s not their fault it’s mine. So I don’t know if I can stay with him. I hate it because he’s so sweet and caring and not a bad person at all. He really likes me too. I’ve been stressed about this for over a week and idk what to do…but it’s a decision I have to make. But also I don’t know if it’s anxiety around beinf in a relationship or if I want to leave him first before he can leave me. I’m really not sure… #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Anxiety #Bipolar2Disorder

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    Kindness to self

    I was getting angry at myself for not being assertive or confident. Then I realized I had to give myself a little more credit. I am diagnosed with #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder and #Bipolar2Disorder and I try to hide it and function as if I don’t. I’m trying my absolute best every day and am slowly building up my confidence. It’s not easy but every day I show up.

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    The View Is Great

    Yesterday I posted a thought titled "The Beginning of Hope." It was a thought of mine that I was once suicidal and self-harming at one point but had made it out to the other side, I am now happy.

    First, I would like to apologize. I never want anyone to feel the way that I have felt- alone, rejected, and abandoned.

    Second, I am not a trained psychiatrist, and I sincerely apologize if I triggered anyone in any way, shape or form in my now-deleted post.

    Third, I want you to know that you are not a burden. You are beautiful. You are loved. No matter who you are or what you believe or what you do or what you've done. You are loved.

    Fourth, it does get better. Sometimes life feels like an uphill battle. Please keep climbing. The view is great. Make sure you're here to see it.

    #Depression #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder #SuicidalIdeation #Selfharm #Mania #BipolarDisorder

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    Hi everyone!
    I’m new on the platform but definitely not new to mental health issues. I’ve been in therapy since I was about 15yo and I’m now 21. I’ve done a lot of progress since then and if I look back at how things used to be I can’t believe where I am today. Nonetheless I feel like it’s time for me to share stuff with people who can actually understand where I’m coming from without being one of my psychiatrists. So here I am! #Bipolar2Disorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #otherstuffwritteninmymedicalrecords

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    He feels the darkness coming.
    He hears the footsteps.
    He senses a change.
    He knows there is no escape.
    He runs.
    It’s futile.
    It envelopes him.
    Covering every inch of his being.
    Seeping into his soul.
    He know there is no escape.
    He gives in, welcoming like an old friend.
    The friend is unwanted.
    Maybe the visit will be brief.
    Maybe the light will come.
    He prays.
    He feels the darkness coming.

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    What musician or band have you loved the longest?

    <p>What musician or band have you loved the longest?</p>
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