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a few phoney bipolar diagnosises

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  • Posted By: dudbubbin1
  • January 27, 2007
  • 00:52 PM

a few!!

: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....


duh!!!!!!


even i can figure that out, yet THEY couldnt!! what WAS their problem??!!

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  • Can I just say one thing please?Using the phrase 'bipolars' is likely to cause extreme offence to some people.I have epilepsy, and yet I would not welcome being referred to as one of those 'epileptics'.Labelling in this way leads to grossly exagerrated generalisations whereby whole groups of people who often have little in common apart from a diagnosis, which often differswidely in terms of types of symptoms - and peopes' individual experiences - anyway.I think it's a powerful indication of the stigma of labelling that you are still so worked up about it, over 8 years on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 01:49 PM
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  • Just curious. Why did you go to the hospital because you need less sleep than most? Did you think it was a problem? Did you get in an accident or something because you were tired?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 03:28 PM
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  • i had gone to the hospital for the psychotic symptoms i was getting (which can come from sleep loss). i was losing sleep NOT due to an accident or anything. believe it or not, i had been up late (real late) studying & losing sleep--i had done this activity for 10 years, & didnt really have it backfire on me till 1994. then in 95, i went to the hospital for the "symptoms of psychosis" (which they never addressed). ok?.. p.s. i never mentioned this in the original post, but the "psychotic symptoms" LEFT once i STOPPED messing with my sleep like that. also--in reference to havng a "stigma about being labeled a bipolar"--sure i DONT like it, when it was a pack of LIES!! duh.. if i had REALLY been bipolar, then i wouldve ACCEPTED IT TOTALLY! is it just ME, or does the "unregistered" person who posted that comment IMPLY that "if you got more than one doctor saying you were bipolar, then you MUST be bipolar!" & "dudbubbins NOT facing the *reality* of her diagnosis"?? .....sorry, but even MULTIPLE DOCTORS *CAN* BE WRONG ABOUT THE SAME THING---this IS "wrong diagnosis.com" isnt it??..or havent you EVER read that sort of thing here before??!!!! also...YOU arent educated on the condition....as i had said in my 1st post, if i HAD BEEN a *real* bipolar, i wouldve seen SYMPTOMS in those 12 years..but i havent had a one!! p.s.p.s. as an example, way back, there were TONS OF SCIENTISTS claiming the earth was FLAT..but THEY were wrong too!!! just because a few people say the *same* thing, DOESN'T make it true! duh.......making "generalizations"?--i ONLY said i'd had the experience plus spoke to several others--i NEVER said it was EVERYONE'S case. perhaps YOU have some "stigma" or "hang-up" that hearing doctors could be wrong that many times ISNT possible--maybe you fell for that notion that "our western medicine is too advanced for these types of errors!"?? it is NOT some "stigma" to post MY EXPERIENCE & MY OBSERVATIONS about these medical errors. you're jumping to conclusions! unregistered: you say that my "generalizing" is an INDICATION of a "stigma"?? i have NO stigma...just expressed my experience i had..nothing more...you're seeing "stigma" where there is none.
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 08:03 PM
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  • I am the 'unregistered' person in the original post was NOT referring to your (mis) diagnosis.I was referring to your use of the words ''bipolars'' and in your last post - ''a real bipolar''.You mistook my use of the term 'generalizations': I am saying that to refer to people using phrases like this is offensive to a lot of people.I am not ''an epileptic'' - I prefer to say I HAVE epilepsy.It is stigmatizing to refer to whole groups of people as ''bipolars''.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 08:07 PM
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  • dear "unregistered": whatever...i feel it's just a "personal preference". i refer to myself that way & it's no big deal. didnt mean nothing by it.
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 08:17 PM
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  • a few!! :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.... duh!!!!!!even i can figure that out, yet THEY couldnt!! what WAS their problem??!! http://www.breggin.com/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 08:20 PM
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  • Thank God your psychotic symptoms are gone though!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 08:09 PM
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  • Can I just say one thing please?Using the phrase 'bipolars' is likely to cause extreme offence to some people.I have epilepsy, and yet I would not welcome being referred to as one of those 'epileptics'.Labelling in this way leads to grossly exagerrated generalisations whereby whole groups of people who often have little in common apart from a diagnosis, which often differswidely in terms of types of symptoms - and peopes' individual experiences - anyway.I think it's a powerful indication of the stigma of labelling that you are still so worked up about it, over 8 years on.I am Bipolar and get what you are saying here and I appreciate it very much. Too many labels are passed and those of us that are not in the "normal" label feel discriminated against!And dudbubbin1, you are just ingnorant to the ways of the world. You and the Doctors are right, you are not Bipolar and I am glad you are not in the same class of people as I am However, you do need some kind of diagnosis ASAP as just in your post it is clear you have some kind of "mental" thing going on. Maybe your "psychotic symptoms" are saying you are one of those "psychotics"
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 04:54 PM
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  • Maybe your "psychotic symptoms" are saying you are one of those "psychotics"Took the words right out of my mouth. It seems 'dudbubbin1' has quite a few posts in this forum, all of them a rant in some form or another about misdiagnoses of many different conditions. Don't lose faith though, dudbubbin1, eventually one doctor will give the proper diagnosis - hypochondria.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 09:22 PM
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  • I think it's also possible that Dudbubin1 may be a troll who is trying to get a reaction - I think I made it clear enough in my original post about labelling and stigma.I feel the subsequent posts were quite condescending in tone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 06:05 PM
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