When I was little, more specifically ages newborn to about 8 or 9, I was sexually abused. Due to several factors including repression, no one knew, but the signs were incredibly obvious.
Anyways, when I was 10, I started having "manic" fits of rage , i.e throwing things , threatening, and being like a tornado against anything and everyone around me. So my parents admitted me to the top notch psychiatric ward here in california, UCLA neuropsychiatric ward. I was stuck there for 2 weeks because I exhibited no signs of anything, so after 2 weeks they slapped me with a bipolar diagnosis. No one looked at anything else in my life.
I was put on drugs immediatly, and have been on them for 11 years now. I've been on every single bipolar medication that is in the MARKET ! I have also been labeled Aspergers due to my non social behavior after my hospital stay, because of the immense depression bouts I had.
Most people don't know this, but sexual abuse shows the EXACT SAME SIGNS as bipolar disorder. Funny enough, I never had the manic highs or the "trips" bipolar people are supposed to had, I only had rage.
Through therapy I have discovered I am not bipolar, and even my psychiatrist (surprisingly) agrees. I am almost off the last of my bipolar medication, and I feel amazing!
So many side effects of the un needed drug - I gained 50 pounds when I was 12 from abilify, lost the weight and then eventually put on 80 more pounds which I've managed to get off. I was diagnosed at 13 with hoshimotos thyroid disorder , which i was told is heavily caused by lithium. Now I stopped the medication for my thyroid and now due to no more lithium my thyroid is fully functioning on it's own. I've had endoscopy's and colonoscopys to find out my stomach lining was inflamed and causing 9 hour long bouts of the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced. I was put on beta blockers at the age of 17 due to intense heart palpatations, and beta blockers are for very old people, the pharmacy for a week refused to fill it. The list goes on!
I am not against medication , I do believe lots of people who need it live better and more fulfilled lives. What makes me angry is the amount of misdiagnosis that goes on just to make money.
I also have lost very dear friends over the years and alienated basically everyone around me. The stigma of my misdiagnosis lives on. Also, my insurance companies still think I am bipolar.
I would love to know how to get that off my record.