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    Trigger warning* not sure if allowed to post I feel maybe I have some Bipolar condition as well as my anxiety

    I don’t think I actually am but sometimes I wonder, I know only a professional can diagnose me I think it’s just really bad highs and lows with life changes/ stressors etc. but it happens so often and during the week sometimes I don’t know if my extremes could be something else or not. Was just curious if others who know they have bipolar disorder or are officially diagnosed with it could explain a bit how it is for them? Thanks.

    I’ll seek a psychiatrist or doctor to evaluate
    Im only diagnosed with
    And depression etc

    Thanks appreciate any help.
    I think I’m just having a tough time right now and I just need to get some help which I’m setting up, but just wanted to hear from others who do struggle with other disorders bpd, ocd, anxiety, depression, or in particular bipolar.

    I’m pretty sure I’m having more than my one or two diagnosis but can’t tell what it is

    Thanks for any help, but I will seek an evaluation and get some help to confirm. #Bipolar #Diagnosis #Unsure #confused #struggling #Trying #Crying #panic #Doctor #Psychiatrist #Hope #help #Depression #Anxiety #MightyTogether

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    Why We Need To Change The Conversation Around BPD For Counselors-In-Training

    I have a secret. One that began in the behavioral health unit of a hospital, and has haunted me ever since. I am diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

    When I first received this diagnosis, I was horrified. I could not be a “manipulative borderline”, or an “unstable borderline”, phrases I had heard time and again in reference to people with BPD. Yet, here I was, receiving the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. I was crushed.

    I left the hospital a wreck. Not only was I recovering from a suicide attempt, but I was now a dreaded “borderline”. How was I going to face my professors and classmates in my counseling graduate program? They had heard the term borderline and feared it. How was I going to return to my life, how could I expect people to respect me? I was marked. Worse, I was borderline.

    Enter my therapist. He met me where I was and did not judge my BPD traits and anxious mannerisms. He saw what a diagnosis of BPD really is: a person in pain. With the support of good therapy and close family and friends, I have been able to know recovery.

    However, my fears of judgement by the medical community and beyond were not completely misplaced. As a student studying to be a counselor, I have heard the way many professors and counselors-in-training refer to those with BPD, and it is not positive. BPD and those diagnosed with it still experience significant stigma within the mental health community. This is in spite of research which has found that it is treatable. The counseling community as a whole, particularly those in the profession who teach or mentor counselors-in-training, needs to reconsider its view on BPD and how it is presented in the classroom. Had BPD been presented to me as a severe but treatable illness, I may have been more open to my diagnosis and received help sooner. Instead, I was terrified of being labeled a monster.

    It is the job of our clinicians and counseling faculty to learn and begin introducing the truths of BPD. It’s a diagnosis of pain that presents through turbulent emotions and behavior. Remission is possible and there is hope. Borderline Personality Disorder should not be a clinical death sentence. It should be the start of proper treatment and a chance at recovery.

    I am so thankful to have had a therapist that could see my humanity, and for friends and family that saw and see me as far more than any diagnosis. The conversation around Borderline Personality Disorder can change, and it starts with counselor education and, by proxy, the education of the public. The narrative can change, just like those diagnosed with BPD can and do get better. Let’s change the conversation around BPD, starting in our counselor education programs and moving out into the world.#BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BPD #MentalHealth #Hospitalization #Diagnosis

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    How did you know? #Undiagnosed

    How did you know something was wrong and how did you know what questions to ask your doctor?

    (For context, I am in my mid-thirties.)

    15 years ago, I was working a heavy janitorial job one summer and I developed serious pain in my hands and wrists. It was so bad that my hands were screaming if I just tried to grip a zipper and zip up a hoodie, for example. I tried physio therapy, but it made a minimal effect. Then that same summer I was in a car accident and got soft tissue damage to my left thumb and wrist. It took nearly seven years for that to more or less get back to normal. Even now, if I knead bread, chop a lot of veggies, scrub the bathtub, etc. both my hands feel stiff and sore the next day.

    I first started to notice some knee and hip stiffness 5 years ago. Nothing major - just couldn't comfortably sit with crossed legs (crisscross applesauce) on the floor anymore. Since 2014, I have also been having some difficulty with swelling in my feet, ankles, and lower legs during (mostly) long flights or bus journeys. Now, the swelling happens within just a couple hours in a car or if I am on my feet in the kitchen for more than three hours. I think I have some permanent swelling at the top of my knees, too.

    Last night, I spent an hour catching up on washing dishes, and when I woke up this morning, I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. I know people say that when you hit your thirties, your body starts breaking down, but this can't be normal.

    Both my parents have arthritis and my paternal great aunt had multiple sclerosis. There is also a lot of cancer (many different kinds) within my family, including immediate family members.

    In October, I convinced my doctor to requisition a blood test and he did an "autoimmune panel", but he hasn't followed up. One of the values was slightly out of range, but, knowing him, he would probably just dismiss it. I get such bad anxiety doing phone appointments with him that I certainly don't want to call and ask him to follow up.

    So. Should I be concerned? Is this just normal body-falling-apart-in-my-thirties?

    #Undiagnosed #Adviceplease #Arthritis #MultipleSclerosis #JointStiffness #Diagnosis #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder

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    #Spiritual #hashimoto

    Have you ever think about the #Spiritual cause of your #Diagnosis ?

    I think it can be really tricky but exciting to puzzle our #Disease out...

    Let's think together. We're not #alone .👥

    I'v read many articles about #hashimoto (my "friend"😉). As I try to remember the years before the start of my disease, I felt so many times -you know- "lump in my throat" when I've experienced awkward situations and #emotional traumas.🤐

    I'm truly believe that our body, mind and soul are in close connection with each other and you can not abuse any of them without affecting the other. ☯️

    Unfortunatelly I've ignored the smyptoms of my body and soul too long. But noe I'm trying to look inside and fbd my inner peace again. 🌸

    What's your opinion? Share with me, share with us. ❤️

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    mental health journalism - late autism diagnosis for women and AFAB

    Hi everyone! I'm a journalism student at Northwestern University and I've recently worked on a feature piece on late autism diagnosis for women and AFAB. I would really appreciate some guidance to magazines that you all think would publish my piece without editing it too much, as this topic is very important and personal to me and I am tired of seeing it misrepresented in the media. #Autism #Journalism #Diagnosis #AdultDiagnosis #Media

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    Talk About It Tuesday: Overlooked Diabetes Signs & Symptoms

    Many of us that have been diagnosed with diabetes were initially surprised of the diagnosis. Some of us never had symptoms prior and others might have experienced signs and symptoms but could never determine the cause or thought it was another cause altogether.

    Were there any signs or symptoms of diabetes you overlooked before you were officially diagnosed?

    Share your experiences in the comments 👇🏾

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #Diagnosis #Support #SupportGroups #CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether



    I was properly diagnosed today with PTSD. In some senses, I'm glad because I finally have answers and I can finally get the support I need, whether that's counselling or support with finances or support with time off work when I need to. In some senses I'm absolutely devastated. Anyone else get mixed feelings after being diagnosed?
    #PTSD #Diagnosis #Anxiety #Depression

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    Motivational Monday: With Courage And The Best That You Have To Give

    “You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

    Being diagnosed with a chronic or autoimmune condition is life-changing. Although challenging, accept that situation for what it is with courage and with the best that you have to give by making a decision that you will not let this illness overtake you, find a care plan that works for you and stay committed to managing your health condition.

    Do it with courage and with the best that you can give ❤️

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #prediabetes #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #MentalHealth #Lifestyle #Diagnosis #Stress #Health #EmotionalHealth #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether


    Today my diagnosis was taken away. Again.

    I'm so done. I had had Lupus. Then they weren't sure. Then they did some more tests. And now it's not Lupus. It's not anything. It's an immunodysregulation of unknown origin and we now try new medication to eliviate some symptoms. Hopefully. But tbh I've lost all hope. I just want to tell them all I'm done, not doing any tests and meds and no experiments and NO MORE TESTS. And then I have to come to my senses like always, and smile and be grateful. I'm so sick of it. Haha get it? SICK of it. chronic illness sucks. #ChronicIllness #Lupus #Diagnosis #Anxiety #Spoonie

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