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Misdiagnosis- Bipolar

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  • Posted By: LeeAnne
  • August 24, 2009
  • 00:41 PM

I am truly beginning to feel that this disorder is being far too readily diagnosed in one visit to the doctor's office.

I have been diagnosed bipolar.

It sounds like I am in denial about my disorder right?

The first time I was diagnosed, I was a depressed 22 year old. My doctors said we think you may be a little bit bipolar, and prescribed my a typical antipsychotic, Paxil, and Depakote.

They accidentally sent me to the wrong section of the hospital- the drug ward.

There I was accused of reeking of alcohol. They accused me of hearing voices where I heard none.

When I got the doctors notes (7 yrs later) my history wasn't even recognizable. It wasn't even my history. They lied and just pinned a history on me.

Years later I went through a few psychiatrists who could not see bipolar. I had one doctor who tried to get me on a regiment of mood stabilizers while she only had diagnosed me socially phobic. I had asked her about the mood stabilizing class of drugs, and without hesitation she was writing up a scrip, saying that she wants me to take X drug, and if it fails I have to keep taking it for 3 months before I try the next mood stabilizer. I became non-compliant, and I decided that I was better off not seeing her. When I went back to fire her, she pulled another physician in on our session, and before I could even say anything, she turned to the physician and said I was Bipolar II with ADHD.

I was floored. When I asked her how she came up with this diagnosis, without seeing her for 3 months, and with it being very clear in our discussions, she didn't think I was Bipolar- she claimed my hospital stay 13 years ago says I was, so that makes me Bipolar

I re-iterated with her where she saw Bipolar disorder in me; she said she didn't see it.

I fired her, after I got a referral to CBT.

I spoke to psychiatrists: many could not understand where I got diagnosed bipolar. They were shocked that my last doctor would try to shovel meds at me used to treat bipolar, when I had primary anxiety only.

I went to see a doctor. I was in CBT. I did a full questionnaire. It turned up inconclusive; this was thoroughly discussed with me. The doctor said I don't have full signs or symptoms, or flashing sign over my head that indicated me as being a depressive, adhd, or bipolar, but they may treat me in whatever way they think will alleviate my symptoms.

I was satisfied with that. The report was sent to my doctor and it indicated I have bipolar spectrum disorder, and was unwilling to treat it. Parts of the report seemed over embellished particularly on the section on my sleep habits.

I was infuriated, because the doctor couldn't be honest to my face, and painted me as if I was "non-compliant" when the issue was they were not communicating honestly with me, and they diagnosed me in a totally underhanded way.

I struggle with anxiety primarily. I sometimes struggle with leaving my apartment, but all in all, I function reasonably well.

I want to stop feeling shy at parties.

I have been criticized for not taking medication for it. Perhaps this is why I am not taking my medication.

It's okay to be a little bit screwed up. These are just "behavioral meds" with side effects, and no cure.

The report was sent to a new psychiatrist. I explained my dissatisfaction at being diagnosed ridiculously.

I stated that I often felt anxious and it was my primary issue. I said that my anxiety affects my mood a little, making it often a little low, but not depressed.

The doctor was so sure I have Bipolar II, and because I had a history of trauma, it often causes Bipolar, and genetics causes bipolar.

I asked her how could my doctors **** up so badly if it is so clear to her? And why couldn't they just let the patient lead the way in terms of their own symptoms? Why do I feel they've acted with impunity, and dishonesty?

I asked her where are my hypomanic symptoms. She said I mentioned being up for 4 days. My reply- "I did?"

I said I was pretty sure I had just primary anxiety and she asked me what I was like when I was a good mood. I said I could be bubbly, and I am good at telling jokes. She said that's hypomania!

She was so sure. The problem is I do get happy, but it often has no cyclical pattern. It just happens for a moment.

I felt led into it. And in all honesty this business of diagnosing Bipolar is getting out of hand. I am thinking we are beginning to over pathologize everything, and act as if we have the cure for it. We most certainly ****ing don't.

My main fear is psychiatry seems to be the gateway to other mental health care, and it of course causes me anxiety.

I decided to see a talk doctor. I refuse psychiatry. And no I am not a Scientologist- I hate Scientology just as much- it's just one in the same with psychiatry. I'm just a person who feels we are not asking enough questions when doctors go around heavily prescribing drugs and labeling people with little information.

Patient Know Thyself.

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  • I want to know what happens to those who end up taking antipsychotic meds after they have been misdiagnosed especially if they stop taking them. Do they go back to the way they were before, do they develop psychotic symptoms, or do they experience withdrawal symptoms.I think that I was misdiagnosed as well, but I ended up taking the medicine they prescribed and now my existence has been nightmarish. I can't seem to get off the drugs. I have symptoms that I did not have before.I am truly beginning to feel that this disorder is being far too readily diagnosed in one visit to the doctor's office.I have been diagnosed bipolar.It sounds like I am in denial about my disorder right?The first time I was diagnosed, I was a depressed 22 year old. My doctors said we think you may be a little bit bipolar, and prescribed my a typical antipsychotic, Paxil, and Depakote.They accidentally sent me to the wrong section of the hospital- the drug ward.There I was accused of reeking of alcohol. They accused me of hearing voices where I heard none.When I got the doctors notes (7 yrs later) my history wasn't even recognizable. It wasn't even my history. They lied and just pinned a history on me.Years later I went through a few psychiatrists who could not see bipolar. I had one doctor who tried to get me on a regiment of mood stabilizers while she only had diagnosed me socially phobic. I had asked her about the mood stabilizing class of drugs, and without hesitation she was writing up a scrip, saying that she wants me to take X drug, and if it fails I have to keep taking it for 3 months before I try the next mood stabilizer. I became non-compliant, and I decided that I was better off not seeing her. When I went back to fire her, she pulled another physician in on our session, and before I could even say anything, she turned to the physician and said I was Bipolar II with ADHD.I was floored. When I asked her how she came up with this diagnosis, without seeing her for 3 months, and with it being very clear in our discussions, she didn't think I was Bipolar- she claimed my hospital stay 13 years ago says I was, so that makes me BipolarI re-iterated with her where she saw Bipolar disorder in me; she said she didn't see it.I fired her, after I got a referral to CBT.I spoke to psychiatrists: many could not understand where I got diagnosed bipolar. They were shocked that my last doctor would try to shovel meds at me used to treat bipolar, when I had primary anxiety only.I went to see a doctor. I was in CBT. I did a full questionnaire. It turned up inconclusive; this was thoroughly discussed with me. The doctor said I don't have full signs or symptoms, or flashing sign over my head that indicated me as being a depressive, adhd, or bipolar, but they may treat me in whatever way they think will alleviate my symptoms.I was satisfied with that. The report was sent to my doctor and it indicated I have bipolar spectrum disorder, and was unwilling to treat it. Parts of the report seemed over embellished particularly on the section on my sleep habits.I was infuriated, because the doctor couldn't be honest to my face, and painted me as if I was "non-compliant" when the issue was they were not communicating honestly with me, and they diagnosed me in a totally underhanded way.I struggle with anxiety primarily. I sometimes struggle with leaving my apartment, but all in all, I function reasonably well.I want to stop feeling shy at parties.I have been criticized for not taking medication for it. Perhaps this is why I am not taking my medication.It's okay to be a little bit screwed up. These are just "behavioral meds" with side effects, and no cure.The report was sent to a new psychiatrist. I explained my dissatisfaction at being diagnosed ridiculously.I stated that I often felt anxious and it was my primary issue. I said that my anxiety affects my mood a little, making it often a little low, but not depressed.The doctor was so sure I have Bipolar II, and because I had a history of trauma, it often causes Bipolar, and genetics causes bipolar.I asked her how could my doctors **** up so badly if it is so clear to her? And why couldn't they just let the patient lead the way in terms of their own symptoms? Why do I feel they've acted with impunity, and dishonesty?I asked her where are my hypomanic symptoms. She said I mentioned being up for 4 days. My reply- "I did?" I said I was pretty sure I had just primary anxiety and she asked me what I was like when I was a good mood. I said I could be bubbly, and I am good at telling jokes. She said that's hypomania!She was so sure. The problem is I do get happy, but it often has no cyclical pattern. It just happens for a moment. I felt led into it. And in all honesty this business of diagnosing Bipolar is getting out of hand. I am thinking we are beginning to over pathologize everything, and act as if we have the cure for it. We most certainly ****ing don't.My main fear is psychiatry seems to be the gateway to other mental health care, and it of course causes me anxiety.I decided to see a talk doctor. I refuse psychiatry. And no I am not a Scientologist- I hate Scientology just as much- it's just one in the same with psychiatry. I'm just a person who feels we are not asking enough questions when doctors go around heavily prescribing drugs and labeling people with little information.Patient Know Thyself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 26, 2009
    • 06:53 PM
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  • I want to know what happens to those who end up taking antipsychotic meds after they have been misdiagnosed especially if they stop taking them. Do they go back to the way they were before, do they develop psychotic symptoms, or do they experience withdrawal symptoms.I think that I was misdiagnosed as well, but I ended up taking the medicine they prescribed and now my existence has been nightmarish. I can't seem to get off the drugs. I have symptoms that I did not have before.In my opinion yes. I am not a doctor but these medications, from personal experience, caused issues I never had only when I had to quit them- and some during start up. Those symptoms coming off the meds were much more severe in voracity than anything I had experienced.They were very much unlike anything I had experienced.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2009
    • 02:37 PM
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  • I want to know what happens to those who end up taking antipsychotic meds after they have been misdiagnosed especially if they stop taking them. Do they go back to the way they were before, do they develop psychotic symptoms, or do they experience withdrawal symptoms.I think that I was misdiagnosed as well, but I ended up taking the medicine they prescribed and now my existence has been nightmarish. I can't seem to get off the drugs. I have symptoms that I did not have before.I stopped taking mine 4 years ago. It was horrible. I shook like a heroin addict for 2 weeks and then I went back on them to ween myself off slowly. I feel I do have some lingering side effects. I forget things that I know I know. I lose my train of thought easily. At 26, I need more sleep then I ever needed before I started the meds as a teen. Other than that, and being a bit traumatized by the whole of the experience, I think that I'm ok.
    outofthedarkness 6 Replies
    • August 30, 2009
    • 04:12 AM
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