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11 Apr 2006

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i'm 19 and i think that i have a bit of a mental problem, but i'm not too sure. I am aware that bipolar runs in my family. my father has it and his father had it, even though i am a girl i take after that side of my family alot and i think i might be suffering from bipolar. I'm a very cheerful person but at least once or twice a day i suddenly take a mood nose dive and become seriously depressed, so much so that i have taken to etching into my skin with a needle or crying hysterically for about thirty minuets to an hour. then once it has passed i am back to the over cheerful mood i was in previously. i'm not sure if this is something serious or hormones or what? i do admit though that i aslo do crave attention though and love being centre of attention, but when i have my sudden mood swings i can't handle being around people. the only people who can handle this is my family and only two of my frineds. What should i do? am i sufering from bipolar or something similar or am i just indirectly seeking attention?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

One can inherit a vulnerability to depression or bipolar disorder, and it is not related o one's sex. You're describing self-mutilation and a labile mood, rather than anything that sounds at this stage like Bipolar Disorder. Do see a good local shrink for a full assessment, and then you'll have a basis on which to discuss treatment options, such as CBT counselling, to reach stability.
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