Can anyone share some advice on how they realized they were bipolar? I’m not officially diagnosed with it but some days I strongly feel like bipolar 1 or 2 at least, especially lately Bc I notice a lack in sleep/not needing much sleep to operate. Like my body is exhausted but My brain is constantly running. My bf even commented he thinks I’m bipolar because my moods switch so rapidly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated💜
It would be a doctor who will officially diagnose you with it and it can take years. But you can talk to your gp about how you notice the symptoms and others close to you do to.
Quick story. I was severely depressed. Embarrassed to get help until the point of my legs shaking and having thoughts of not wanting to exist even though I was so loved and had a job etc. It was all chemical. Finally I just went to my doctor. She admitted me into the hospital 🏥. They started me on Prozac within 5 days or so I went completely manic. Depression cured new problems started. That was my first experience
So being started on a stronger antidepressant without a mood stabilizer is a sure sign your bipolar if you go manic. People without bipolar don't experience mania on antidepressants. That's how I found out.
It started as depression for me and I was trying to treat it with GP’s help. Then I had some extreme energetic episodes, I had some aggressive ones against my parents due to suppressed emotions and not speaking my mind even though I was 36 at the time. Then bipolar stabilisers were recommended and prescribed. Journal helps for tracking the ups and downs. Sometimes I think that there’s no limit on what I can achieve, over positive, others I want to hide at home, Netflix and food only till I recover my mental health energy, self confidence etc. Seeing a therapist is highly recommended, not only medication. Happy to chat in person if you like