View Full Version : I'm sure I have bi polar disorder

April 26th, 2011, 12:14 PM
I have long, tedious bouts of depression, then for no reason, I can suddenly build myself up again for a few days - 1 week
It's really hard to explain, I tried to kill myself twice when I was 12 so yeah I'm pretty sure it's not hormones
I want to try and diagnose what I have, but I've studied it for a long time and I fit the symptoms perfectly - but I really don't want any adults in my life to know about it, as my family will probably try and make fun of me...literally, they actually laugh at me when I'm clearly distressed...
Also, if I did get diagnosed with bi polar disorder, what would happen after that? (UK)
Would I be put on meds, or would my school be notified, anything?
Thanks alot

April 26th, 2011, 05:24 PM
The only person who can diagnose you is a specialist. You can notice your issues, but even if you are bipolar, you aren't diagnosed with it.

People are usually diagnosed with a disorder with intent to treat them, through medicine or therapy. For bipolar, you'd probably be put on anti-depressants and/or mood stabilizers depending on what type you are (some type II bipolar people don't really need the mood stabilizers because it isn't as much of an issue) and possibly referred to a psychologist.

Your school will not be notified. That is all confidential information.

April 27th, 2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks...is there any way to find out without adults knowing?

April 27th, 2011, 11:44 AM
There are ways to get evaluation. You can always just ask for therapy, and ask if your parents aren't to know about having the disorder. I would probably start by talking to a doctor, just any one, your GP possibly. I'm not really sure, as I've never gone about doing this at that age. My mum was bipolar herself, so there was really no need for her not to know. How old are you though, if I may ask? You might have a bit more trouble if you're on the lower part of the age spectrum, getting to see someone without your parents knowing. You could always talk to your school social worker (counsellors might not be the best choice, but if that's all you have, try that) and they shouldn't say anything to your parents unless they think you're in danger. When I talked to my own, they would only call home if I said I had cut myself or wanted to kill myself, otherwise, they left my parents out of it.

April 27th, 2011, 12:48 PM
I'm 13 and my family have a history of mental health problems (shizophrenic Mum), but if I ask for therapy my family will all harass me

April 27th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Why would your family harass you, for any reason? If your mum is schizophrenic, telling her wouldn't be so much of a deal, would it? She probably knows what it's like to go through the therapy and meds.

April 28th, 2011, 10:48 AM
My family enjoys taking alot out on me haha... I try to say how low I feel, and my brother laughs at me (he was diagnosed with depression a few years back, but not that bad now) saying "I have no reason to be depressed" (I as in me, Jenny) which I of course do, I mean, I've had a hard time growing up.
Anyways, I think my Mum might suspect something - her only friends used to be from the mental ward (no offence to anybody, but literally - she had no other way of socialing), and she had a few friends with bi polar disorder. One of them, I can't remember their name, I said to my Mum a couple of months ago "What disorder did [name i can't remember] have?" and she replies "manic depression...WHY, is that what you've got?"
Sorry I'm rambling, but my family just tend to harass me, and my abusive dad makes fun of me for stuff like that.

April 28th, 2011, 09:45 PM
Don't tell them then. I think your best bet would just keep it between your mum and yourself. If the rest can't take it seriously, I wouldn't even bother letting them know now.

April 29th, 2011, 08:53 AM
Don't tell them then. I think your best bet would just keep it between your mum and yourself. If the rest can't take it seriously, I wouldn't even bother letting them know now.

My Mum would just tell them, even if she promises not to, then laugh and everyone would make a joke of me :mad:

doesn't matter now, she's getting angry with me and calling me a little Hitler for no reason, so i just have to wait til she's back to normal, thanks anyway

Please don't double post - Syvelocin

April 29th, 2011, 11:43 PM
Well, I'm sorry to hear that. I hope everything goes well for you :) If you need anything else, please ask.

May 1st, 2011, 12:43 PM
Thanks :D