Our expert says:
I am sceptical about some diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder as it arises in South Africa, though they may be helpful in some ways - where Medical Aids are so stupid as not to include Depression among disorders for which they will pay chronic medication benefits, while including Bipolar Disorder, many doctors will prefer to diagnose Bipolar, so you can get more meds paid for - but then too often include strictly bipolar meds which may be unnecessary and actually raise the cost to the wisdom-challenged medical aids.
Anyhow. Much can depend on WHERE ( ie in which country ) you are when the diagnosis is made, as there can be different interpretations.
And ypu don't seem to be describing anything like Bipolar disorder - it sounds much more like a social anxiety disorder, which can indeed res[pond to some meds also used to treat depression, but can also respond really well to Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) which enables you to learn to feel comfortable and enjoy interacting with others. But there does indeed sound like Depression as well as anxiety among your symptoms.
It may be especially difficult to handle such problems while living and working abroad.
Unfortunately, I don't know about the psychiatric services in Korea. Have you seen a psychiatrist there for re-assessment and a discussion of treatment options ?
Your condition should certainly be capable of significant improvement with proper treatment, but with medication and ( if this is available in Korea ) psychotherapy / counselling obviously with someone who speaks English.
And try to be realistic in your expectations. If you are not Korean, don't expect to feel like you completely fit in - you are a foreigner and a visitor, and that's fine. You ARE an outsider, but that's OK. You ca still form friends.
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