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Someone (greatestescapis) wrote in cutmeintopieces,
@ 2007-04-29 00:04:00
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    What're some big signs that you're bi polar..? I was thinking I might be, but I'm entirely sure because whenever I feel extremely low, I don't break out into sobbing fits.

    I also don't really want to go to a doctor. not yet.

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2007-04-29 15:55 (link)
big signs that you are bi polar include

mania - extreme euphoria, very little sleep, 2 hours or less, usually lasting for a week or more.

depression - extreme depression about everything. usually sleeping a lot, suicidal (attempts are common), lack of interest in everything. Sometimes people stop eating. usually lasting for a week or more.

The main thing about this, is that these "poles" are very EXTREME, and they don't depend on ANYTHING. So if you're happy because something good happened to you, it's not mania. If you're depressed because something bad happened, it's not the depression of bi polar disorder. Honestly, life could be going great, and the bi polar person is depressed and suicidal anyway. Or the other way around where things are pretty crappy, and they seem weirdly happy.

Truthfully, the odds are that you don't have bi-polar disorder. A lot of times it's just age/hormones. A lot of times it's trying to find positive coping mechanisms to replace the negative ones. Writing, painting, running, exercising, talking to someone about stuff... those have all helped me. The worst thing you can do is to keep your emotions all bottled up inside. You need to express them somehow.

Anyway, I hope this has helped at least a little bit. Also, if you go to the doctor, the chances are that he will refer you to a psychologist, whom you'll see regularly until they're able to "diagnose" and then the doc could either keep you going to the shrink (cause its a way to form positive coping mechanisms and express your emotions), or he'll write you a prescription of probably a mood stabilizer, which is a pretty simple and basic thing.

Anywho. hang in there.

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