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Monday, June 15, 2009 dumblnddzzy, Community Member, asks

Q: I have mood swings all of the time. How do i know if I am bi-polar??

I swing from 'high' to low all of the time, i cycle quite regularly. How do I know if I am bipolar, or if i'm just having mood swings? What are the defining factors to be bipolar? I am ADHD, & PTSD.

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knowthyself, Community Member
6/15/09 2:36pm

Look up the "DSM-IV criteria for Bipolar Disorder" online.  Do your best to interpret the symptoms and how they relate to symptoms you might be having.  If you still think a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is a possibility, then discuss it with your psychiatrist.  You are getting treated by a psychiatrist for ADHD and PTSD? 

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dumblnddzzy, Community Member
6/15/09 2:42pm

Thank you I shall look that up on the net. Yes I am being treated by apsych. for these other conditions. He seems to think i'm bipolar, but I want to make sure before I start taking more meds. I am 'mentally' disabled by the state & recieve SSI. I just want to make sure i'm not gonna be over medicating my body.

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Karri28, Community Member
6/15/09 2:46pm

also ask someone who is around you a lot how your moods flow. I hadn't realized my moods were so bad till I sat down and had a heart-to-heart with my hubby. I'd have never known it was as serious as it was if I hadn't of asked those around me. Then I went to a p-doc.

Good luck.

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dumblnddzzy, Community Member
6/15/09 2:52pm

Thank you 4 responding! Yes my boyfriend says I 'come & go' quite often, meaning i'm having terriffic mood swings. I guess maybe this time the doc is right about me having bipolar disorderll. I already take 7 meds & did not really want to add 2 more to the mix. But I guess I'm gonna have to. What are some good coping skills that you incorporate into your everyday interactions? Most days I spend alone at home. I live on a farm, so no neighbors close by. Most days i'm on the net. But that gets so tiring sometimes, & I get very moody because of it.

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Karri28, Community Member
6/16/09 8:27am

I can understand the lonely part! I moved here last year and became a stay at home mom, rather hard to meet people when you don't get much chance to go out.

 

I think some of the coping skills are on the website somewhere. I've found for me that getting cardio everyday help, I don't always stick to it, but usually if I've been getting at least 30 minutes of cardio a day it helps a little. Also not eating very many sweets or greasy foods. I always feel worse a few days after I eat to many sweets.

 

I've started asking my hubby regularly how I have been doing. It's only been 5 weeks that I've been back on meds and he has already seen some improvement.

 

Have you tried www.sparkpeople.com? it has free workout video's and all kinds of stuff. Plus it has 'teams' were people with like interests and chat and support each other, there are quite a few for depression and bipolar.

 

Good luck!

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dumblnddzzy, Community Member
6/16/09 10:23am

Yes it is hard to meet people when u don't get out much. My boyfriend & I spend all of our time together...which is ok by me.... but it would be nice to talk to someone that knows what i'm going thru from time to time! Would you like to be friends kerri? You sound like you could use a friend also. I know I could. My email is dumblnddzzy@msn.com. I'm also on Facebook... Lori dee olson..... Thanks for the advice, i'm gonna start cutting back on sweets & greasy foods, & go walking for 30 minutes a day in the orchards. We have 20 acres of pistachio trees, so it willl be a great place to walk, as long as I don't see any snakes...LOL....Lori

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