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04 Feb 2008

CS
Hi CS
How is it possible that three Psychiatrists think I’m Bipolar, but none of the psychologists I’ve seen through the years agrees with this diagnosis. Who should I believe? I don’t believe I’m Bipolar and the idea that I’m taking medication for a disorder I don’t have frightens me. I’ve made an appointment for next week with a psychiatrist recommended by my psychologist. The
psychologist believes the new shrink might be the one who can help me with the medication. I really want to stop, but I’m scared what might happen to me if I do. I’ve been taking the meds. for years. The dosage of the Epitec has just become higher and higher. I’m currently taking 350 mg Epitec, 150 mg Wellbutrin twice a day and 0,5 mg Risperdal twice a day.
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

Hard to guess, but many different factors can come into play, including their age and training. If older and trained earlier, Bipolar Disorder was never recognized as so important. It depends also on how they are making the diagnoses. IF using the internationally accepted DSM or ICD criteria, they shouldn't differ so much. Maybe the psychologists are relatively reluctant to diagnose bipolar disorder, because there is SO much evidence that this MUST be managed with proper mood stabilizing drugs, so that they'd lose control of cases where Bipolar Disorder was recognized ?
Now, if this is Bipolar Disorder, and its not very likely that three different psychiatrist all got this wrong, then there are a wide range of alternative meds which could be used in alternative combinations, worth investigating.
And if the psychologists have not been diagnosing Bipolar Disoder, what officially formal diagnoses have they been making ?
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