They Thought I Was Crazy.

I have suffered from depression my whole life (what I can remember of it lol). After weeks of not being able to get out of bed my family sent me to talk to a psychiatrist, this lady was a joke...she had me draw a picture of my family (I was 17 years old at the time!) and when it was finished she says "There are no clothes on the people that would tell me who is male or female" like that mattered. After a day of "psychological testing" I was told to get my mother from the lobby so we could hear the results.

This "doctor" tells my mom that I am "manic-Depressive with psychotic tendencies" AND that I have a "fear of men".

After this I was put on Valium, which did nothing except keep me too drugged to complain. It wasn't until I was 25 did I find a doctor who knew from 10 minutes of conversation with me that I was bi-polar. I have new meds and although some days are bad days I feel so much better and more aware of my mood swings. I am in an anger management suport group because...well...that's another of my issues. I take things too seriously at times and it tends to get me angry if I cant make people understand what I'm trying to say.

I have also found that Dr. Phil and his 1st 2 books to be a great help in finding the "real" me.

BellaDonna2007 BellaDonna2007
31-35, F
1 Response May 15, 2007

You say others thought you were crazy. I thought I was crazy and would someday lose my mind forever and be locked away in a mental institution. I was depressed as a child and teen and diagnosed and treated for major depression for yrs. It wasn't till I was 32 yrs old that my therapist suggested I might be bipolar. I went to a pshychiatrist and was diagnosed with bipolar. I finally knew what was wrong with me. What a relief. It all made sense after that. It took a few yrs to get the meds right and lots of therapy, but i'm doing pretty good now. I hope you are too.