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jaybabey

307d

hello friends! please leave personal experiences, thoughts ECT! thankyou I'm new here and as my first post id like to talk about something that has been heavy on my mind as of late. in February, I saw a psychiatrist for a ASD assessment and was diagnosed with bipolar. As someone who has done alot of research on ASD and its co occurring conditions, I know there is a very high rate with misdiagnosis of bipolar especially in people like myself who are AFAB. thankyou for reading! jaybabey x

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    • Atheris

      292d

      @jaybabey it's frustrating because I watched a friend struggle with "bipolar" medication for years. I personally thought she had BPD and the treatments are very different.

    • jaybabey

      307d

      they are you're correct, from what I have gathered it's because some traits overlap between the two, myself and my therapist think it's been hugely misdiagnosed because it's easier to diagnose than ASD also I didn't mean ECT as in electroconvulsive technology, I meant to write etc for et cetera

      • Atheris

        292d

        @jaybabey it's frustrating because I watched a friend struggle with "bipolar" medication for years. I personally thought she had BPD and the treatments are very different.

    • Atheris

      307d

      Not sure why ECT would be recommended. (Unless I'm misunderstanding the acronym) I'm always skeptical of a bipolar diagnosis. Not because people don't have it, but rather that it has been a catch all for lazy diagnostics. A lot of things are misidentified s such.

      • Atheris

        307d

        @Atheris P.S. How did your doctor get bipolar from an ASD assessment? Those are *very* different things.

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Some individuals have shared their experiences with misdiagnosis or exploring different diagnoses. One person mentioned going through a timeline of diagnosis from bipolar to BPD to autism/ADHD. Another shared that they were initially thought to have depressive disorder, but their therapist is now considering bipolar disorder. It's not uncommon for people, especially AFAB individuals, to experience misdiagnoses or explore different mental health conditions before finding the right diagnosis.

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