Just been diagnosed as cyclothymic this week (Bipolar III to some). Am on anti-depressants and mood stabilizers. Currently hypomanic after major depressive disorder and nervous breakdown 3 years ago. Diagnosed with depression and borderline personality disorder. (oh, and OCD and anxiety taboot)
I belive it is bipoloar II, not cyclothymia because I HAVE had major depression and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, not mild to moderate depression as cyclothymia requires. Also, I have had a history of serious depressions and have been medicated for this a few times since early adulthood. Because of my unstable, rapid cycling moods, my initial diagnosis was borderline personality disorder. My psychiatrist said it was just me (my personality) and I would have to learn to live with it. He offered no help.
What criteria must be reached in order to get a bipolar II diagnosis? Were 3 suicide attempts, 18 months of being mainly bed-ridden through depression and 2 years of therapy and drugs not enough to afford this diagnosis? I don't understand. Why won't my psychiatrist make a diagnosis? My GP diagnosed the cyclothymia.
Please help. I need to understand.
Potty P x