8 Ways People Realized They Had Bipolar – Not ‘Just’ Depression

Remember: only a doctor or psychiatrist can properly diagnose you, but it helps to have an idea of what’s going on. And, no matter what, everything’s going to be OK. If your journey to a bipolar diagnosis was complicated, we hope our community’s answers below help you feel a little less alone.

Here’s what helped members of our community know they had bipolar:

1. An emergency admission to a psychiatric unit.

“I had a breakdown and ended up on a psychiatric unit. My first stay, I didn’t exhibit typical symptoms for a mood disorder. My second stay, I did — 66 days in a secure unit to finally get diagnosed with bipolar type 1.” — Tasha-Louise J.

“I had been diagnosed for years with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The change to the diagnosis of bipolar 1 was a several-month-long psychotic manic episode in which I thought I was chosen by God to lead a special mission to save humanity.

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