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Bipolar or not - panicky and need diagnosis asap - any good online tools?

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PeggyCarter Wed 23-Jan-13 17:17:56

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twentythirteen Wed 23-Jan-13 17:22:57

Step away from online tests and be very honest with the psychiatrist when they meet with you. They use either the DSM or the one published by the WHO, I can't remember what it's called. The DSM has an online search engine. Remember 1) very few people meet the criteria exactly so it's possible to get two different diagnoses from two different psychiatrists and 2) people change over time and most diagnoses do as well.

Good luck.

SnowyMouse Wed 23-Jan-13 17:28:30

Twentythirteen has expressed it better than I could - diagnosis is more of an art than a science, and it's common for people to be switched between diagnoses.

Mynewmoniker Wed 23-Jan-13 17:38:19

Have you thought about how you may react if the online says you are not and you haven't got the support of a professional at that time? BE CAREFUL thanks

PeggyCarter Wed 23-Jan-13 17:43:30

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Crawling Wed 23-Jan-13 17:47:53

Online tests wont disstinguish between borderline and bipolar two as the symptoms are very similar just the cause and treatments are different. Online diagnosis tools are not very accurate because often a person thinks they are hypomanic when in fact they are just feeling normal after feeling depressed a while (not saying you do this)so online tools wont give you any answers.

twentythirteen Wed 23-Jan-13 18:10:49

You're not being irrational, you're curious, and want answers, totally reasonable, I would too. Hope you get your appointment quickly.

PeggyCarter Wed 23-Jan-13 18:43:50

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Crawling Wed 23-Jan-13 19:21:53

I understand I looked at a few myself but I scored high on so many illnesses I realised they dont work. You will likely wait between 3-6months but I doubt you will be diagnosed on first appointment. I was you a few years ago and I do know how horrid waiting is smile I hope you get answers soon.

PeggyCarter Wed 23-Jan-13 19:26:19

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Crawling Wed 23-Jan-13 19:59:42

I was 3 months but I suffer pychosis. I have heard of people waiting longer than 6months sad Its terrible that people suffering have to wait this long.

onepieceoflollipop Wed 23-Jan-13 20:06:21

it depends where you live as to how long the wait is. Where I work it is about 3-4 weeks for a routine OPA. You could ask at the surgery which psychiatrist/clinic you have been referred to. After that you coud ring and ask the relevant medical secretary for a rough idea of waiting time. I would echo what others have said re avoiding an online diagnosis.

PeggyCarter Wed 23-Jan-13 21:33:08

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funnymum71 Wed 23-Jan-13 23:04:30

I have a dx of bipolar 2, more than happy to PM if you want info.

PeggyCarter Thu 24-Jan-13 17:08:18

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snowbanana Thu 24-Jan-13 19:53:42

I went back to GP after I was referred. She called someone and I got an apointment in one month.

I had been referred the previous year and then the waiting time was three months. I withdraw the referral.

PeggyCarter Fri 25-Jan-13 18:47:20

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WithanAnotE Fri 25-Jan-13 20:29:26


Some GPs do take additional MH qualifications. I appreciate that other posters have different views, but a GP is a specialist doctor in General Practice and is (or should be!) able to provide an initial, indication of potential diagnosis.

Since c.2008 all new GP have to complete the RCGP qualification in addition to the MBBS medical degree. Sadly, although this post grad qualification has been around a very time, a lot of existing GPs haven't furthered their professional development though completing this.

In short, many acute and chronic illnesses require you to see a specialist.
Yes, their are some totally crap GPs out there, but there are also some damn good ones. They also see lots of of MH patients every day.

If you are comfortable with your GP why don't you go back and discuss concerns and ask more questions. My GP has no problem telling me if she doesn't know, but there is a lot she does know, both from a qualification perspective, experiences with other patients and knowledge of the healthcare system. If you can, go back and chat some more with your GP while you're waiting.

PeggyCarter Mon 28-Jan-13 09:44:42

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Crawling Mon 28-Jan-13 10:02:21

Im glad your app wont be to long.

PeggyCarter Thu 31-Jan-13 11:59:13

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Scheherezade Sat 02-Feb-13 20:51:56

FWIW I've never waited longer than 10 days. I have bipolar 1 and have mania, so my episodes need immediate intensive treatment.

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