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Re: Type A or bipolar???

Posted by rachel on November 2, 1998, at 14:45:31

In reply to Type A or bipolar???, posted by Mickie on October 22, 1998, at 13:31:55

i'm not a doctor, but i'm type 2 bipolar, and adhd, with a smattering of ocd. as far as types go? if i'm not mistaken, types (like myers-briggs, a & b, friendly & snooty, etc.) describe traits that a person is exhibiting now. types are categories invented to DESCRIBE different styles, qualities, traits, etc. types are a form of shorthand for pegging people---they are social identifiers, given to a person as a matter of convenience---they do not emminate from within a person.

bipolarity, is a genetic defect in the hard-wiring of the brain. BIG DIFFERENCE. of course, if your (hypo) manic, you would be described as type a--- b if you are depressed. if it is a serious problem, then it's beyond the scope of a and b(see what i mean?); and finding out what exactly it is--- though that IS a pain---will save you a world of pain.

if the problem is bipolarity, it is especially important to get it diagnosed and treated properly as soon as possible, because each episode makes the next one more likely, and they get worse, last longer, and come closer together.

please, get the best doctor you can buy, educate yourselves, etc. if he's not bipolar great! if he is, the less time spent avoiding it, the better.

three bi-polar depressions took just about everything i had---left me with just about nothing; and at the mercy of state doctors, who may not even subscribe to the journals.

ps being bi-polar is a mood disorder, it doesn't mean you are "crazy".




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