Our expert says:
Thanks, good to be back, though it was sad to visit my Durban flat which had been vandalized and cleaned out by burglars.
OK, a proper diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be usefu;. And yes, antidepressants are valuablle in managing the depressions and lows, but not the highs nor the general mood swings. Other meds including mood stabilizers, can be very valuable here. Both you and your friend ( who doesn;t sound very experienced ) seem to misunderstand Bipolar Disorder. Firstly, it IS a major mood diorder. and secondly most bipolars don't do "hectic crazy stuff". The criteria used to amke sucgh a diagnosis are internationally agreed, so if the assessment was done in the usual way, the diagnosis should be clear. There's no guess work involved
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