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Don't know whether I'm Bipolar or just depressed

Submitted by greenwood20 Sat 11/20/2010

Hi, I've been going through a rough time lately and I really need some answers but I have no one to turn to. I know I have a mental illness i've been depressed for way too long for it to be normal. Every little thing that goes wrong completely destroys me and I get so angry at everything. I am very impulsive too and tend to spend a lot of money on things I don't need. Two years ago I had a psychotic episode and I was on meds for awhile, olanzapine and prozaac. My psychiatrist said it was probably not schizophrenia and she thought I was probably bipolar. But how do you know the difference between bipolar and just depression. My mood has not been normal since I was 15 and I'm almost 21 now. I'm not on meds anymore and it just gets worse, it goes away for awhile but every time it comes back it feels like its getting worse. The reason I stopped taking the meds is cause I started having panic attacks and they only stopped when I stopped taking my meds. I have no one else to talk to about this not even a psychiatrist anymore so any help you guys could give me would really be appreciated.


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