Today I saw a counsellor from the primary care mental health support team for the assessment I mentioned in my first post to identify any issues and to possibly start to make a diagnosis.
So we had a chat and she asked me loads of questions (in which I spilled my heart out and cried lots!) and she came to the conclusion that there’s not really anything wrong with me (
She basically said that it’s probably not bipolar because I’ve had no past history and I’m not experiencing psychosis (
which, correct me if I’m wrong, only usually occurs in bipolar I right?) so she then went on to say that I’m experiencing dysthymia ( again, wtf?)
The definition of dysthymia is “a constant state of depression”, so basically it’s chronic depression. Regardless of me telling her that I’m experiencing highs in which I am more irritable, aggressive, spend more money, have more energy and sleep much much less, she came to this conclusion.
Now, after doing more research, I would lean more towards a diagnosis of cyclothymia if we’re going down that route, since cyclothymia is on the mild end of the bipolar II spectrum, so that is why I am calling on you, my dear readers, to help me.
This has made me more crazy. I’m starting to think that I’m just a hyperchondriac who’s just making everything up. Please help. I trust the people who suffer from this illness more than just a counsellor (
not even a doctor!). Am I experiencing symptoms of bipolar? Has she just dismissed everything and just ignored me? I need clarity. I need to know if this is more serious than what she’s making out. I want to hear your opinions on my possible diagnosis, and what you think of the symptoms I am experiencing.
Please, any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Nat x