About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder with psychotic features and put on an anti-depressant and an anti-psychotic. While the drugs themselves have changed a number of times, I've always taken the same kind of drugs until about 4 years ago when my doctor added a mood stabilizer. My diagnosis, however, did not change when the mood stabilizer was added.
Now, my therapist and doctor are not only considering changing my primary diagnosis from major depressive disorder to Bipolar I, but they also feel they should add Borderline Personality Disorder as a secondary diagnosis (I'm not a cutter, and you don't have to be to have that diagnosis).
I don't feel that my symptoms have changed, but they do seem to be more intense. I'm sure, though, that's because I finally decided to get sober and stop sabotaging my treatment and life.
My confusion is this - why didn't my diagnoses change when the mood stabilizer was added? Please understand, I totally trust my MH professionals, and I'm not questioning them at all. Or should I be? Can I also expect a change in medication or dosage?
Has anyone else had an experience like this?