When seeking a mental health diagnosis, it’s sometimes not readily apparent that there’s more going on than meets the eye. What could be mistaken for “just” anxietymay be a more complex anxiety disorder, and what could be seen as “just” depressioncould actually be only one half of the story, and actually a sign of bipolar disorder.
Sadly, the latter misdiagnosis is all too common. This might not seem too crucial, but since antidepressants incorrectly prescribed for bipolar disorder can actually trigger mania, it’s important we have a good understanding of the signs and symptoms before they appear.
We asked our community to tell us some of the ways they realized they actually had bipolar disorder, and antidepressant-induced mania was just one of several answers we received. Getting the correct diagnosis is rarely simple — and of course, some people are misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.