Hello everyone, I am new here and need some advice.
9 years ago I was suffering from some depression due to a nightmare of a marriage and a past rape I never really dealt with. I went to a Psychiatrist to seek some advice and help with dealing with these issues. In a matter of two visits I was given the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, needless to say I was shocked. But hey, this is a psychiatrist right, he knows. So I was put on Depakote and Prozac, but I hated the side effects. I put on a ton of weight and had less energy than when I was depressed. At a visit to my family doctor for a routine/annual physical he was shocked at my sudden and increasing weight gain (I'm 5'2" and typically weigh about 115 pounds. I shot up to 150 pounds in a little over a month) so he suggested that I try Zyprexa with my psychiatrists approval. My psych said it would be fine, so that was what I took for 4 years. During that 4 years I divorced my abusive husband, moved to another state and went back to school. Sounds like the meds are working right? Well, in 2003 I made a decision to wean myself off of the meds. I had been wondering for some time if the diagnosis had been correct, but never confronted my psych with it. The entire time I was seeing the psych we never discussed my rape or the difficult marriage I was having... we discussed bipolar disorder.
Fast foward to 2008... it has been 5 years since I weaned myself off of those meds and I have had no depression, no mania, no nothing. I have never been so happy and full of life... I absolutely love life! I am a sophmore in college, I am active in several associations at my university, I am the clerk of my church... I am living. I could produce so many friends and associates/professionals that if you told them I had bipolar disorder; explained to them what it was, and stated that I have not taken medication for 5 years... they would die laughing! Has anyone else experienced this? I guess what really bothers me is that as many of you probably know there is a stigmatism to this day about mental illness. So it bothers me that I have this misdiagnosis on my medical records... how do I get it removed? Please understand that my thread is not a knock on the psych professionals, nor is it intended to offend anyone. Believe me, if anyone knows what you are going through when it comes to depression and the stigmatisms associated with mental illness... I do. I have nothing but respect for those suffering with mental illness. I am a psychology major... I know.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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