:mad: 2 hospitals i went to did the SAME thing. they said i was "bipolar" because i had lost sleep! when i explained that i was up studying late & didnt think it would backfire, they said "that's just a coincidence..you're bipolar..that's WHY you were up!'. RIDICULOUS!!
i went to the hopsitals hoping to VERIFY by hearing it from a doctor what i read in a medical reference book at the library, that "sleep loss can cause psychosis". they didnt bother explaining anything.
so, i gave up trying to get a doctor's confirmation that way. later i decided to "just ask them" & they ADMITTED IT! (that's all i went in for!).
because of this false bipolar diagnosis, i decided to research it & found out some things (i was curious WHY they claimed i was bipolar). 1) if i had been "bipolar" (bipolars have a reduced need for sleep), then i WOULDNT have been able to just STOP DOING THE ACTIVITY CAUSING ME TO *LOSE SLEEP*!!--REAL bipolars cant just STOP their "symptoms" like that! 2) it's unfortunately to common for mental health people to label "bipolar" when you've lost sleep because they feel that "if you're IGNORING the *urge* to sleep, then you MUST have a *reduced need for sleep*!"--this is stupid!!--a "reduced need for sleep" is just THAT: "reduced need"--i had the NEED for it, i just CHOSE TO IGNORE IT--BIG DIFFERENCE!!
this misdiagnosis was back in 95 & 99--if i had been bipolar i wouldve ALSO seen "symptoms" since then, yet NOTHING'S occurred!! they were full of it! :eek:
during the time between 95 & today, i've talked to others who were diagnosed as bipolar...several said the SAME THING i did--they were labeled as bipolar for "staying up late at night doing other things (because they CHOSE that lifestyle)".
again, CHOSING TO *IGNORE* the need for sleep is DIFFERENT than NOT HAVING A *NEED* FOR SLEEP!!
all i can is....
even i can figure that out, yet THEY couldnt!! what WAS their problem??!!