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    Another New Possible Diagnosis #bipolarspectrum

    Hi all! I just joined this community and this is only my second time posting on The Mighty ever. So I deal with #Anxiety , #ChronicPain , #Fibromyalgia , #MajorDepressiveDisorder and #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS as well as a few standard health issues like #HighCholesterol etc.

    I met with my PCP this week for my wellness exam. Pretty standard. Lately, one of my biggest challenges has been sleep. I was born with #Insomnia literally. But I have flares that are pretty awful at times, and right now is one of those times. I've also recently started a new additional medication for my #Depression that has been helping SO much! However, my sleep is not improving. I try the "good" sleep drugs and they only seem to work for a few weeks before stranding me back the way I am.

    My PCP mentioned that he thinks I might be on the #bipolarspectrum . Honestly, I'm not completely shocked. I've always thought I had some of the characteristics, but also knew I didn't fit the mold for Bipolar 1 or 2. I just didn't know there was a spectrum.

    Anyways... not drag on here... He said he's game to try #lithium for 6 weeks if I want to try it, after taking some time to think. That frightened me though because I know how powerful a drug lithium is.

    I guess what I'm looking for is some advice on how to proceed? Should I gamble and take the lithium offer to test it out? Have you taken lithium and can you give me some honest feedback about it?

    Thanks for reading this far!

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    Trusting emotions / thoughts (new)

    Hello world, so I am a new user but thought I would put myself out there to see if anyone has any relation or experience with this question.

    I was diagnosed in 2019 by two different doctors as being ‘on the bipolar spectrum’. I actually didn’t believe it at first so that’s why I got a second opinion. Now and after some reflection, I see it or at least have convinced myself that it’s true.

    Anyways, my question is: how can I trust my emotions and thoughts if I can have manic / depression cycles? Which I guess leads to another question: are there ‘average’ emotions/ thoughts?

    I appreciate all answers or comments but please know that I have access to counseling, hate to admit it & try to be humble but am intellectual and offer get commented on being intelligent. I also meditate daily and try to take care of myself since I believe that I can curve or manage being on ‘the spectrum’ to have balance. I suppose I like to ponder a lot and have problem solved many things but can’t get around the trusting emotions question.

    Note - sorry for the long post and thank you for taking the time to read / listen; I respect you.
    #BipolarSpectrumDisorder #bipolarspectrum #Borderline Bipolar depression #Bipolar

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