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    Hey guys,

    Bit of a personal one really! Does anyone have experience with being diagnosed with Bipolar or Borderline Personality Disorder?

    When I was 17, my GP told me I was depressed and started me on citalopram. I'm now 19 and it's just not working. I'm starting to recognize things in myself that I see in my Father who has Bipolar I, but also in my best friend who has BPD. (BPD cannot be diagnosed to anyone under 18 as far as i know).

    I'm almost convinced that I have Bipolar Disorder, but I'm unsure how to raise it with my GP without looking like I just googled a bunch of symptoms, because that's what my last GP said. I know you guys aren't doctors but maybe someone has experienced similar? And how do universities react to issues like this? I may be going to Bristol in September!

    Thanks in advance!

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    IIRC one of the biggest differences between borderline PD and bipolar are the frequency of the mood swings. For instance, in rapid cycling bipolar people have at least 4 episodes of mania or depression within a 12 month period. Borderline mood swings are way way faster.
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    Address your concerns with your GP, you're more likely to have bipolar if an immediate relative also has it and it would helpful to discuss a family history of mental health problems
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    (Original post by bones-mccoy)
    Address your concerns with your GP, you're more likely to have bipolar if an immediate relative also has it and it would helpful to discuss a family history of mental health problems
    Thanks bones! Im just scared about looking like a hypochondriac... My dad has Bipolar I but the rest of the family im unsure of (mom died). Not sure how to approach a GP about mental health.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    IIRC one of the biggest differences between borderline PD and bipolar are the frequency of the mood swings. For instance, in rapid cycling bipolar people have at least 4 episodes of mania or depression within a 12 month period. Borderline mood swings are way way faster.
    Should i track it before going to GP? I know my ex and dad find their cycles hard to track...
 
 
 
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