I have a nagging feeling in the back of my head that I may have been misdiagnosed with bipolar 2. Has anyone had a similar experience? After re-eval was it something similar?
Bipolar 2 disorder
Lamotrigine • Type: Oral
I haven't been reevaluated but I do wonder. The "manic" episodes I've had were very few and far between - I've mostly just been depressed. And my mania was never extreme. I just had a lot of energy so I got a lot done. I never did anything risque. Ever. Not once. Not even spending a lot of money.
The only reason I'm unsure is because the meds I'm on help to manage my depression. Not a single anti-depressant I was on helped me and I tried scads of them. Now I'm on an anti-psychotic for bipolar and for the most part I don't have any problems.
Same, I'll have months long deep depressive episodes and then maybe a day or of "mania" which, like you, just consist of me having enough energy to clean, bathe, etc. Antidepressants don't work at all, Vraylar kinda worked but not really. Makes me think I've been misdiagnosed as well but nobody seems to want to reevaluate me. I'm still struggling to find a med that makes me feel even semi better. I've been on so many different ones that my doctor has trying them over again. Just makes me feel hopeless.
I was initially diagnosed with BP2 in 2016. After taking lamictal for three years I decided I was misdiagnosed and stopped taking it. The reason I doubted my diagnosis is that I felt like I didn't have enough hypomania, but I had a ton of anxiety that wasn't being solved with my mood stabilizer. Then three months ago my mental health completely fell apart. I was re-evaluated by a psychiatrist and found to have bipolar 2 with comorbid GAD. Now I'm on lamictal and seroquel. Things are still bumpy but they're starting to even out on the new meds. I did a lot of research this time around on what bipolar 2 is and learned that people with this disorder rarely have hypomania but rather have persistent and cyclic depression. I also learned that hypomania can sometimes seem like severe anxiety; I realized I've been having hypomania all along and didn't realize that's what it was. If you're doubting where you are on the mood spectrum, I highly recommend the book "Bipolar, not so much" by Chris Aiken and James Phelps, or their website psycheducation dot org.
I was diagnosed bipolar 2 back in 2018 and have been re evaluated several times since then. Only had one doctor question the diagnosis with ridiculous reasoning and he just went ahead and treated what he didn't think I had. He didn't want to play with fire by putting someone who might have bipolar on only an antidepressant
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