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Re: Chemical imbalance

Posted by Nancy on April 10, 1999, at 17:38:28

In reply to Chemical imbalance, posted by Erik on April 3, 1999, at 21:38:40

> My wife suffers from what appears to me as split personalities. My dad seems to think that she may have some "easily cured" chemical imbalance. We are both twenty-two years of age now. From age 15 to about age 18, she suffered from severe depression

This age is when bipolars tend to be dx (or mis-dx). Bipolar disorder can begin with either severe depression or mania. "Split Personalities" may be a way to describe mood swings that are characteristic of bipolarity for someone unfamiliar with the disorder.

Anorexia/bulimia may be present in those of us with bipolar disorder. Also, depression can severely impair one's self-perception (low self-esteem, self-deprication, self-hate, feelings of worthlessness). Such an impact on an adolescent's veiw of herself would contribute to the potential to develop eating disorders.

Your wife really needs to see some excellent professionals who can help her with, both, the mood disorder and the eating disorder. Hunt down a pdoc and/or a psychopharmacologist who is adept with doctoring these potentially dangerous disorders!

Then, come back and inform us of how it's going.


(clinically diagnosed) and anorexia/bulimia. She received many counseling sessions during those years, as well as medications that did not help.
> Please share any information ore ideas/suggestions you may have.




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