I've spent a lot of time over the years since I was 15 seeing psychiatrists. Yet these mental health "professionals" never agree on anything and seem to be new age Witch Doctors. Why am I so harsh? because i've been told I have one thing and then another and dosed up with medication after medication. It's just quite tiring after a while. And I don't think that psychiatrists should really focus so much on medication when they should be thinking about holistic treatment. Sure, they're just doctors but their responsibility should at LEAST extend to providing assistance in finding help. In Singapore where I'm from there isn't much support in terms of support groups for depression or Bipolar etc. or even very much ease in finding a good psychologist.
Anyway, I was diagnosed with depression when I was 15 - when I first went to see a psychiatrist and since then I've been in and out of hospital for suicidal . Over the years I've even had some ECT done for severe depression. I was on one medication to the next and thankfully switched from my first doctor who seemed more interested in PR than diagnosing me properly. I eventually was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder when I was 18. This upset me quite a bit as I did not know what it was and when I did find out I felt there was a big stigma about it. Infuriated and full of disbelief I sought a second opinion from my current doctor who diagnosed me wit Bipolar Type II. But when I went to Australia for further studies, I went to see a new psychiatrist and decided to seek her opinion on what I had. My erratic mood, black and white thinking and unstable relationships led her to believe I had Borderline Personality Disorder - which at this point, 5 years down the road I was open to.
Today, depending on what school of thought you stand on in psychiatry I am either a bipolar type II purely, as Borderline is actually in the bipolar spectrum or BOTH of the two disorders. I really just want to get treated best for whatever it is I have and I'm sick of diagnoses.