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Heres some info on why I wasnt bipolar

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 7, 2007
  • 10:52 PM

This may help if I explain what happened to me in detail (I usually DON'T get detailed, so people may not know what to think, sorry about that).

In the end, I had a total of two symptoms that seemed bipolar.
First, I had one symptom a bipolar can have: insomnia for 2-3 days. This insomnia was the only symptom, but she said, "That's bipolar". Then time passed & I came in with another symptom which was depression. About this depression they said, "That's bipolar too.", so they continued on with pills. Then time passed again & I came in "complaining of another symptom"-this time it was "voices in the head"-to this they said, "That's a symptom of schizoaffective" (schizoaffective is BOTH bipolar & schizophrenia).

So, I had a total of 3 symptoms over 6 years. It was only an "accident of bad luck" that it "looked like a mental illness", much like when I had "symptoms of a heart attack" which turned out to be only INDIGESTION. Sometimes you can have symptoms that just "appear" to be something else.

The first symptom I complained of "insomnia for 2-3 days" was regular insomnia. I had not come in for "sleeplessness", but for a "symptom" you can get when you're that sleep deprived-I just had a question about that symptom. They never answered that question but instead focused on WHY you're awake & saying, "That's bipolar."

The second symptom of depression was due to how I felt about my medical problems, but they said suspiciously, "That sounds like bipolar too."

The third symptom of "voices in the head" turned out to be from the sleep loss from untreated sleep apnea (sleep apnea is a sleep disorder I got as a side-effect from the "mood stabilizer pills" they had me on). When I came in saying I had "voices in my head", they never ruled out the possibility that a physical medical condition (like untreated sleep apnea) may be causing it, so instead they said "We update our diagnosis- that's schizoaffective." I believed them & never got the sleep apnea treated for several years, so I kept having that "voices in my head symptom".

So, those three things is what lead them to think I had a mental illness. Over time, I slowly figured out what was going on & I took steps to cure it all. So, now I only have the sleep apnea to deal with-I just got my oxygen mask delivered today that treats sleep apnea, but it'll take awhile for it to work & for my body to "normalize" again.

This all started in late 1999 & went on until last year when I weened myself off their pills, but then I still had the sleep apnea to treat.

I sincerely apologize for NOT being detailed in prior posts, leaving only "brief statements" which people end up not knowing what I'm talking about. Hopefully this detailed list of what happened can provide some "clues" for anyone who went through a similar ordeal.

A special note to you: I'm sorry for sounding "defensive" in my replys before, & for getting on now as "unregistered", but you said you wouldn't read a thing that came from me, so I thought "It was my fault, but how do I apologize, & list what happened to me since you asked, if you won't read anything from that person anymore?!" So, I apologized this way, & included a detailed list for you & ANYONE who wants to know what happened to me. OK?

Please don't be mad...signed, dudbubbin1

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  • now, HOW did i find out it was a misdiagnosis? here: as i said in the 1st post as "Not bipolar", when i 1st went in for the 1st symptom of insomnia, i made the mistake of "trusting the doctor because they have that *title*, they *know more* & maybe they know something i dont". this "doubting myself" is the reason i fell for it each of the 3 times i complained about a symptom that they said was really "bipolar". essentially, i let their "title" fool me into doubting myself & going along with it. that is WHY it went on for so long, from 1999-2006. then i finally "wised up" & thought things like "wait..what happened here? the pills dont work, so something's up." then i began to back-track to what happened & researched symptoms of bipolar & i also talked to other patients in the out-patient clinic & found out that a few had been also told "you're bipolar for losing sleep". so, i then combined this info with some logic where i sat back & looked at it objectively & said "if i werent involved here, & i heard my case, what i would i think? was i bipolar or not?" then i concluded i was not. why wasnt i?? 1st, the 1st symptom of bipolar was "losing sleep"--i cant recall why now, but i recalled it then--i had lost sleep for a reason, not because "i couldnt help it" or "i had a reduced need for sleep" (a bipolar symptom regarding sleep loss is that they have a *reduced need for sleep*). so i thought "wait. i had a *need* for sleep, but was preoccupied with something on my mind. the *need* for sleep was there-i was sleepy...that was true, it was only a mental preoccupation with something on my mind. thats NOT a *reduced need* for sleep!". that explained the 1st symptom. then the 2nd symptom was that i was "depressed". i re-examined that & decided that it WAS a "natural human reaction to being told you're bipolar", not some "symptom of bipolar". it's natural & ok to feel down about having bad health. so, that explains that one. then there's the 3rd symptom of "hearing voices" which they said bipolars can get & it's called "schizoaffective". so i examined this one & said "wait...i didnt get voices till i got fat & got sleep apnea which got me so sleep-deprived that that sleep loss produced this symptom". i researched it & verified this to be a fact. also, i got fat because "getting fat" was a side-effect of those "mood stabilizer pills" they gave me, which meant that in essence, the side-effect of getting fat from the pills gave me untreated sleep apnea...no wonder i had lost sleep all the time & had the symptom of sleep loss "getting voices in your head"! so, this took care of the 3rd symptom...end of story. i had to add this as another post because there's alot to say that wont fit into the small space they provide for posts here...sorry i've took up a few posts to this. hopefully now i've provided a full-story as to what happened, what symptoms i had, how did i reach that conclusion that i wasnt bipolar, & so on. hope this helps anyone reading this. :cool:
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 02:19 AM
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  • didnt mean to "apologize for defending myself againstr your personal attacks".. i researched whats been going on here on the 27th & the 8th & have decided that you ARE violating system rules by making "personal attacks on me over & over" so, i have reported you for this. this system if for posting of "medical related info", not "following peoples posts & making personal attacks & harassing them". if you had REALLY had some "issue" with thinking any of my posts were "odd" & implied i was "sick & needed help" & that it was also "ranting on about being misdiagnosed", you shouldve chosen to DISCONTINUE READING THEM, but instead you went on a "personal campaign" to "repeatedly attack me personally" by saying over & over that i "keep ranting" & i "need help for anger over a misdiagnosis". if you're reading this, i'm letting you know that this is ABUSE. because you repeatedly stated your "opinion" about a users "apparent personality" that you THINK you see *hidden behind those posts*. also, it's not only an abuse of this system to do these things, but you're in violation of the "stalking" law that says "you cant *follow people around* with unwanted attention". keeping track of all my posts & recalling everything i've said is "stalking" someone. goodbye. p.s. please pay attention to the date of this post. it'd occurred before i said i wasnt getting on here anymore due to your HARASSMENT & STALKING ME LIKE A PSYCHO.so dont get into a tail-spin thinking i've changed my mind about getting back on here, because i havent. the end.
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 00:02 AM
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  • Dudbubbin shouldn't have apologized. I agree that this person was only being a ***k & should grow up. Godd for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 10:16 PM
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  • I MUST intervene here in this line of discussion to point out that this harassing person ALSO posted in this section with the post subject of "I AM bipolar". You can see it for yourself.In that post this person ADMITS that they were never the victim of any medical error. So then, there is NO reason for this person to even be on here!Also, as you go through the posts on that thread, the person has ADMITTED to "targeting out dudbubbins misdiagnosis of bipolar illness for a REASON". In other words, it was an INTENTIONAL ATTACK WHERBY DUDBUBBIN WAS FOLLOWED POST TO POST & ATTACKED FOR SAYING THEY WERE MISDIAGNOSED WITH A BIPOLAR ILLNESS!!! HOW SICK!!!I also feel that I agree with what the poster in the thread about "I AM bipolar" said when they pointed out that its clear that this attacker has some sort of psychological sickness that they find it necessary to attack others who said they had a bipolar illness misdiagnosis. I would say that this psychological illness this behavior shows is "social phobia, anxiety, & anti-social disorder". Am I right?? YES.Go back and see. You'll all agree to what's going on here.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 10:28 PM
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  • Perhaps that person was "trolling", an internet term referring to those who get on a web site just to pick fights. This person should have been banned from this web address.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 04:51 AM
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  • I know what its like being misdiagnosed.It sucks and psychiatry never owns up to thier mistakes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for your story - I found it quite interesting, both because I was recently diagnosed with bipolar, but also because my psychiatrist is both a bipolar/ sleep disorder specialist. Hmmm....My diagnosis with bipolar was pretty clear cut (90% + of the diagnostic criteria), however, I am wondering if the underlying cause is protracted sleep disturbance, rather than the "chemical in the brain" theory.How were things for you once the sleep apnea was treated?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
    • 06:34 AM
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  • I know someone who was treated for bi-polar for 10 years with Lithium. They actually had Dissociative Disorder. What a difference they noticed because one psychiatrist decided to go against the flow.I don't have bi-polar but do have sleep apnea, among several other diagnoses. Sleep apnea mimics many disorders and diseases. You can even get Fibromyalgia-like symptoms from sleep apnea.For more information check out this website:http://www.thesleepsite.comWith details about sleep disorders on this website:http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_disorders.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
    • 11:10 AM
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  • http://psychologicalharassment.netfirms.com/ever consider this? it can cause alot of mental illness symptoms .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 03:48 PM
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  • Dude.... why do you care so much? Why do you have to share with the rest of us (presumably most of whom are here for support because we ARE "bipolars"), your apparent disgust for the condition you were misdiagnosed with? For those of us lucky enough to be in this boat, posts like yours do nothing but rub in the fact that yes we are sitting under the umbrella of a stigmatised illness, yes we must take cocktails of medication every day and no we cannot be like you with your special ability to stay up all night studying without wigging out. A lot of us have enough trouble as it is trying to cope with what we have to cope with every day wihout people like you coming onto a bipolar forum and raging against it. Seriously. Go find something else to complain about and stop taking up space in a place where us "bipolars" should be able to share stories of support.
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  • Hello, I am so sorry that someone was disrespectful to you after you were kind enough to share your experiences to help others with similar problems. There are so many things wrong with that. I also beleive that mental diagnosis are way too often diagnosed without enough background info and medical history. You have to do research before going to the doctor so that you can offer info that the doc can use as possibly causing the problems other than mental health problems. I have mental illness in my family history and my brother has bipolar. He too would go days without sleeping because what he described as racing thoughts. He also suffered symptoms of paranoia and disassociative(spelling) disorder. He thought that everything he heard and read was a reference to him and good and evil. He refuses to be treated because the medicine makes him tired and of course denies anything is wrong. I on the otherhand have racing thoughts, trouble getting things done, and am always late, but none of the bipolar symptoms, so I did not accept that diagnosis and after research found out about adhd. When I mentioned this to doc, he had no problem treating me for this and I have been fine since. Many will say if you research online you will worry yourself sick, but I always sa find a reputable site and DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Maybe you will find info helpful to you and your doc. Hope you are doing well. Take care.
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