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bipolar or personality disorder?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
for years now i have been experiencing exteme highs and lows. the highs, i don't know where they come from. i stay almost in a very low state that could last for like a week, then i go extremely high and feel invicible...

does anyone know if its either one of these?

i'm very confused and on a high...:-S


amy

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No-one can tell you as they could be symptons of anything.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I feel like that sometimes too, but it's not been very extreme lately. All I can suggest is that you see a doctor. Good luck!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The best recommendation will always be to go to your docs. We can't diagnose you and you can't really diagnose yourself - yes you may have symptoms which may correspond with certain conditions but unless you go to a GP, we'll never be able to give you a definite diagnosis and it could be that hormone imbalances, or some other factor is coming into play which gives you a similiar reaction.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    As others have said no-one on here can diagonose you so if you are worried about it you should go to a doctor.

    The frequency of your mood swings doesn't sound like bi-polar. Infact a similar question came up in one of the expert chats on here:

    www.thesite.org/community/thesocial/chat/chatarchive/chatwithdrkeithhopcroft
    Nutter: How can I take control of my mood swings more efficiently? They are quite severe. One minute I'm elated and the next I'm incredibly depressed or even thinking of suicide. I've had past troubles with depression and anxiety.

    Dr Keith: OK, firstly how old are you? Are you on any medication? And are your mood swings on a daily basis or do you have fluctuations in your moods after a few weeks?

    Nutter: I'm 19 and I'm not on any medication but sometimes take St John's Wort, or co-codamol to relax a bit from the anxiety. The mood swings vary, sometimes days, weekends, weeks, the depressed times often last longer.

    Dr Keith: Firstly, people usually misinterpret what you're talking about by thinking they have something called manic depression. The good news is that it really doesn't sound like you have that condition. Secondly, this type of pattern could be part of your personality, as while some peoples' moods are generally on an even keel, others swing between extremes. If it is part of your personality then you may not be able to change much. You might find siblings or parents are similar. Mood swings can also reflect significant emotional issues from now or the past that you may not have been able to sort out. If this is the case then it's a good idea to find someone to talk to like a counsellor.

    Also, try and avoid excess alcohol or drugs as they can increase the normal mood swings we have. Finally, go through all the stress busting avenues we talked about with insomnia.

    Nutter: Ok, thanks.

    I hope that's reassuring for you or useful.

    Also, you mentioned personality disorders. I suffer from this and mood swings is one of my symptons but to have a personality disorder you have to have several different symptons at quite a severe level so mood swings by themselves wouldn't suggest this.

    Hope you get to the bottom of this, your GP is probably your best bet :)
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi Amy.

    I'd go to the doctor, but try not to worry too much. There is bipolar, but there is also cyclothymia. You can also get highs with depression... Or, as has been mentioned it could also be part of your personality.

    I do go through these, I have dyspraxia (though I don't know how relevent it is, I believe it affects my behaviour), a past with severe clinical depression and a very up and down personality, though it is in the winter I am worse. My doctor said I would always be "eccentric" in my personality. :yeees:

    It's good at least that you're recognising the mood changes. Do you find there are triggers between highs and lows?

    Also, do you drink a lot or use any other drugs?

    Do you eat well and exercise a lot?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Highs and lows could be based on many things. Is it period-based in any way?

    Ideally doctors would be able to diagnose the situation but mental health issues are still a problem with the NHS to a large extent and the best your GP could do is refer you to a specialist and that could be a long wait.

    I know the symptoms of bi-polar reasonably well. Irrational behaviour, hearing voices. I do not think that fits your description so I do not think you are bi-polar, but I am not an expert as such.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi Amy:

    As so many folks in this thread have said, the best advice is to go see a doctor. Bipolar, personality disorder, schizophrenia -- there's tons of subtleties that most lay people won't be able to distinguish. Please make sure you look into it.

    All best

    Sheldon
  • PearlyPearly Posts: 345 The Mix Regular
    Hi Amy,

    You may find it useful to listen to our new podcast on understanding mood swings, here one of our experts from MDF The Bipolar Organisation talks about when things may be a bit more serious than just the normal ups and downs of everyday life, and if you need to go to the doctor for a proper diagnosis. I hope this helps a bit, check out our next steps as well for more advice.
    Take care
    Pearly
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