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Wednesday, June 04, 2008 chattycathy, Community Member, asks

Q: can you stop being bipolar?

after many years of being bipolar i was diagnosed by the mental health department in my city. finally i had insurance and could go toa real doctor and that went with me. after may yeaars of being treated and not feeling a s tho i had it my sister was diagnosed with adhd. i stopped the med i was taking for almost a year and no outburst or depression. when i went back i told her my doc that i didin't feel i had bipolar and she gave me the test for adhd. i was adhd.....but she still thinks i'm bipolar too. i think the dept of social services mental health got it wrong from  the beginning and i was just adhd. is this a possibility.because i have no symptoms of bipolar anymore . not since my 30'; i'm now 52.

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John McManamy, Health Guide
6/ 9/08 9:41pm

Hi, ChattyCathy. You know yourself best, and are in a better position than anyone to decide for yourself. You sound like a very conscientious individual, so I know you will re-evaulate the situation should your situation change.


To other readers: Please don't interpret this answer to self-diagnose and go off your meds. I'm a strong believer in our own innate wisdom and insight, but this is not an excuse to act foolishly, either.

mustangmary, Community Member
7/ 8/08 3:56pm

i don't belive it ever goes away.

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By chattycathy, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/12, First Published: 06/04/08