Our expert says:
Well, sometimes diagnosing these Affective Disorders ( a useful name for the whole family of them ) it can be a bit like the story of the blind men who encountered an Elephant. One, grasping the trunk, insisted that elephants were very like snakes, and one, coming upon a leg, said "Nonsense, they're just like trees".
Is it possible that when you saw the doctor you were depressed ( which is of cousrse also a part of bipolar disorder ) and talked of depresion, and then later had a manic episode ( which can, in some circumstances be partly brought on by taking appropriate antidepressants during a depressive phase ) ?
Souns like you'd feel more comfortable with a second opinion, though it's hard to predict in advance how you would feel about any speific psychiatrist you might see. Maybe friends or your GP could recommend a good local psychiatrist ?
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