I Was Misdiagnosed With Bipolar, But Have Ptsd

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    Think Again

    The rate of diagnosis for bipolar has doubled over the past decade.  Having struggled with my bipolar diagnosis for years, i knew that something else was wrong.  A gut feeling. I was medicated and still my symptoms didn't cease, in fact they got worse. Finally i took...
    moonlover moonlover
    22-25, F
    10 Responses Sep 21, 2007

    Did I develop PTSD from being misdiagnosed?

    I have DYSLEXIA but because the dyslexia wasn't diagnosed until I was 17, as a child I was misdiagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsion disorder, Borderline Personality disorder, Insomnia (although the insomnia is legitimate) and after...
    Kelsey91 Kelsey91
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 9, 2014

    I had to see many diffent psychiatrists

    psychologists and counselors, all of whom having different approaches and opinions and different meds for me to take. I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, add, ADHD and bipolar disorder. I was popping pills like they were skittles, causing me to sweat and shiver and shake...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb
    46-50, M
    1 Response Feb 6, 2015

    You Went To Iraq, But It's Not Ptsd, It's Bi-polar?

    People use to always compliment me on how wonderful my attitude was and how I could smile the rain away up until about 3 years ago. After 13 months in Iraq I changed even as I didn't want to accept it. After being forced to see Army doctor though, they said it was a mixture of...
    dirtydarkness dirtydarkness
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Jun 14, 2012

    Diagnosed With Bi-Polar II 18 Years Ago, Finally Living Life Victoriously.

    I am a 52 year old woman who was diagnosed as bi-polar 18 years ago. I had symptoms that the DSM IV cover in bi-polar II, however, after being medicated heavily for all 18 years, a new psychiatrist looked into my history, and found that what was overlooked was PTSD. I had been...
    Dawnsjoy Dawnsjoy
    56-60, F
    3 Responses May 14, 2013

    Desert Walkers - Misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder

    I have walked through the desert, and came out on the other side to an oasis where God has renewed in me a new life. No longer Diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, I am learning to cope with PTSD quite successfully. At 53 years of age, I am writing a book about my journey at the...
    Dawnsjoy Dawnsjoy
    56-60, F
    1 Response May 24, 2013

    The Confusion Belongs To Me

    Approximately 2 years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and it was news to me. I had aways accepted the fact that bouts of depression were a part of my life, but thought the manic episodes were just crazy times when I could conquer the world if I wanted. Didn't everyone...
    FaitheiWSl FaitheiWSl
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 23, 2012

    Misdiagnosed With Bipolar For Three And A Half Years: Complex Ptsd

    I'll delve into the story another time. I don't like to relive that Hell too often now that the flashbacks have ceased. What I struggle with now on a daily basis is analyzing everything that I do and say. I am so scared still, two years after the diagnosis was thrown out, that I...
    LotusUprising LotusUprising
    36-40, F
    Jul 27, 2012

    Bipolar Vs Ptsd

    I have never been diagnosed with Bipolar.  I have been diagnosed with PTSD.I understand some of the Bipolar symptoms mimic PTSD since they share lots of symptoms.  I think if looking into it deeper, we can tell what's Bipolar and what's PTSD.  There's symptoms that only PTSD...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 12, 2011

    Growing Up...

    I didn't know at the time because I had nothing to compare it to, but I was abused and neglected as child. When I couldn't handle my home life anymore, I ran away from home. I was angry, sad, and resentful. My mom had me institutionalized. First, I was diagnosed with...
    Trinomial Trinomial
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 18, 2012
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