I could trace back manic and depressive episodes up to four years, and I had never noticed the pattern until I began wondering if I had bipolar disorder. As soon as my psychiatrist started to treat me for bipolar (medication included; we switched from assorted antidepressants to atypical antipsychotics) there was a distinct difference.
It still wasn’t great, and she wasn’t a great psychiatrist so I started seeing someone new, but the new doctor continued treating me for bipolar disorder with the atypical antipsychotics and found a medicine that helps more than anything else ever has.” — Cadie H.
7. Research and self-advocating for a diagnosis.
“What made my doctor realize I had bipolar and not depression was that I had done my own research, self-diagnosed and then brought my research and examples in with me. He agreed without argument.” — Denise L.