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Menzis
April 17th, 2014, 02:28 PM
I did a bipolar quiz and the outcome was positive,
I also tried this:
http://virtualteen.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50222


Some Common and Uncommon Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
~ Abdominal bloating
NO
~ Abdominal cramping
NO
~ Accident proneness or Coordination difficulties
NO
~ Acne and/or hives
NO
~ Aggression or Rage
NO
~ Anxiety, irritability, or suicidal thoughts
YES
~ Asthma
YES
~ Back pain
NO
~ Breast swelling and pain
NO
~ Bruising
NO
~ Confusion
NO
~ Depression, withdrawal from others, emotional liability
YES
~ Emotional instability
YES
~ Exacerbation of preexisting conditions such as: lupus, arthritis, ulcers, herpes etc.
NO
~ Excessive sleep patterns, fatigue, lethargy
NO
~ Fainting
NO
~ Food binges, salt cravings, sweet cravings
NO
~ Headaches or Migraines
NO
~ Heart palpitations
NO
~ Insomnia
YES
~ Joint swelling and pain
NO
~ Nausea
NO
~ Seizures
NO
~ Sex drive changes
YES
~ Sinus problems
NO
~ Sore throat
NO
~ Urinary difficulties
NO


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Symptoms Of A Depressive Episode
~ Lack of joy and pleasure in life
YES
~ Withdrawal from activities formerly enjoyed
YES
~ Agitation and irritability
YES
~ Pervasive sadness
YES
~ Crying spells
NO
~ Sleeping too much or inability to sleep
YES
~ Drop in grades or inability to concentrate
YES
~ Thoughts of death or suicide
YES
~ Fatigue or loss of energy
YES
~ Feelings of worthlessness
YES
~ Significant weight loss, weight gain or change in appetite
NO
~ Self-Mutilating behavior
NO

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Symptoms Of A Manic Episode
~ Euphoria (elevated mood)- silliness or elation that is inappropriate
YES
~ Irregularly high self-esteem
NO
~ Flight of ideas or racing thoughts
YES
~ More talkative then usual or pressure to keep talking
YES
~ Irritability or hostility when demands are not met
YES
~ Excessive distractibility
YES
~ Decreased need for sleep without daytime fatigue
YES
~ Excessive involvement in pleasuravle but risky activities (ie. daredevil acts and hypersexuality)
YES
~ Poor judgement
YES
~ Hallucinations or psychosis
NO

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Other Symptoms May Include
~ Unexplained Anxiety
NO
~ Unexplained Paranoia
YES
~ Learning Disabilities
YES
~ Obsessive Behavior
NO
~ Poor Short-Term Memory
YES
~ Manipulative Behavior
NO

Should I tell my parents about this, because I kind of feel ashamed that I have these thoughts, and what if I don't have bipolar then they are going to think there is something wrong with me. Can i contact a doctor for this or am I just being crazy?

laurakitty
April 17th, 2014, 04:27 PM
Awww don't be tell them
U could write them a letter or text them if ur scared bout telling dem

Karkat
April 17th, 2014, 04:36 PM
It doesn't necessarily mean that you're bipolar. Online quizzes/etc. are hardly accurate. I mean, they've lead to a few diagnoses for me, but only because I did a LOT of research about it as well. Also, I would like to note that bipolar disorder is due to a CHEMICAL imbalance, not a hormonal one- the thread you are referring to states that sometimes mental illness can be mistaken for hormonal imbalance (such as hypothyroidism, etc.) so the top portion is really irrelevant to actually being bipolar.

In line with this, I'd suggest you see a family doctor and a psychologist if you're really concerned. If nothing else, a family doctor. A family doctor can run blood tests to check for hormonal imbalance- though most likely they will not do a hormone panel, but stick to treating the symptoms. A psychologist or psychiatrist would actually be able to tell you if you are indeed bipolar.

Menzis
April 18th, 2014, 05:53 PM
It doesn't necessarily mean that you're bipolar. Online quizzes/etc. are hardly accurate. I mean, they've lead to a few diagnoses for me, but only because I did a LOT of research about it as well. Also, I would like to note that bipolar disorder is due to a CHEMICAL imbalance, not a hormonal one- the thread you are referring to states that sometimes mental illness can be mistaken for hormonal imbalance (such as hypothyroidism, etc.) so the top portion is really irrelevant to actually being bipolar.

In line with this, I'd suggest you see a family doctor and a psychologist if you're really concerned. If nothing else, a family doctor. A family doctor can run blood tests to check for hormonal imbalance- though most likely they will not do a hormone panel, but stick to treating the symptoms. A psychologist or psychiatrist would actually be able to tell you if you are indeed bipolar.

Yeah I know that's why I was concerned, because the top part was mostly no, and the part beneath was mostly yes.
I am 17 years old if I want to contact a family doctor do I need permission or anything or is there a way my parents can find out I went to the doctor?

ksdnfkfr
April 18th, 2014, 06:38 PM
Should I tell my parents about this, because I kind of feel ashamed that I have these thoughts, and what if I don't have bipolar then they are going to think there is something wrong with me. Can i contact a doctor for this or am I just being crazy?

Felling ashamed about something like that is like feeling ashamed of diabetes symptoms if you have diabetes. There is nothing for you to be ashamed about. You probably do have something wrong with you. That is part of being human, we have stuff that goes wrong with us that needs to be fixed. Any doctor should be able to make a diagnosis based on what you tell him. Don't go in there telling him/her what you think you have and rattle off self diagnosis and all that. Just say how you are feeling.

Karkat
April 18th, 2014, 08:53 PM
Felling ashamed about something like that is like feeling ashamed of diabetes symptoms if you have diabetes. There is nothing for you to be ashamed about. You probably do have something wrong with you. That is part of being human, we have stuff that goes wrong with us that needs to be fixed. Any doctor should be able to make a diagnosis based on what you tell him. Don't go in there telling him/her what you think you have and rattle off self diagnosis and all that. Just say how you are feeling.

I mostly agree- however, GPs usually cannot correctly diagnose things that fall under specialty- such as mental disorders, especially complex/serious ones like bipolar. A LOT of times, if you do not give even therapists a general idea of why something is bothering you, they'll get the wrong impression. I tried to tell my therapist how I felt about my 'intrusive thoughts', and he brushed it off at first- it took him months to come to the conclusion of 'OCD', whereas I outright told him I thought I was bipolar, and began medication shortly thereafter. Same with physical health. I had concerns about my blood sugar, but it took them months to come to the conclusion of 'hypoglycemia' because I only spoke about my symptoms. When my mom and I said that we thought I have asthma, they did a test, and sure enough, I was able to get an inhaler shortly thereafter.

Sure, sometimes the doctors are going to look at you like you're nuts or treat you with disdain if you come to THEM and do their job FOR THEM, of course. Anyone's going to react that way. However, if you pussyfoot around, and deliberate instead of speaking your mind, things take a lot more time. At least things can be confirmed/denied easier if you're upfront.

Yeah I know that's why I was concerned, because the top part was mostly no, and the part beneath was mostly yes.
I am 17 years old if I want to contact a family doctor do I need permission or anything or is there a way my parents can find out I went to the doctor?

It depends on where yo live, to be honest, and they might still ask for your parents' contact information/contact them for you. You'd also want to know how your insurance works, or be able to pay with cash- and know how much that is going to be and how much it will cost as well. If you call the doctor's office/wherever you're going, the secretary will usually be able to tell you if you ask these kinds of questions. I've had to figure out whether or not I could go by myself before, and I just had to call and ask.

Also, yes, if it goes on the insurance, your parents can find out. It doesn't mean that they will, but they do have a way to.

ksdnfkfr
April 18th, 2014, 09:05 PM
I mostly agree- however, GPs usually cannot correctly diagnose things that fall under specialty- such as mental disorders, especially complex/serious ones like bipolar.

I'm thinking hopefully if they are competent, they will refer you to the right specialist. From discussions I've read before, it seems like they may be more inclined to think of you as a hypochondriac if you rattle off 52 symptoms you read about on WebMD.

Karkat
April 18th, 2014, 09:41 PM
I'm thinking hopefully if they are competent, they will refer you to the right specialist. From discussions I've read before, it seems like they may be more inclined to think of you as a hypochondriac if you rattle off 52 symptoms you read about on WebMD.

Oh they will if you do it like that. That's why you have to ASK not TELL :P But I get what you're saying.

And sadly, doctors can be...Arrogant. Most are, really. They probably will refer you to a specialist if they're worth beans, but sometimes they'll even take a crack at quacksville just to bump up their ego and reputation... Everyone wants to be House M.D. these days, and no one gives a fuck about actually helping people. Of course.