I'm 27, and I've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder by a therapist at my school, and a psychiatrist in private practice. I know I have intense and periodic highs and lows, but I'm wondering if I might be misdiagnosed. I am feeling very confused about the whole thing now. I just told my family and my husband's family, and they haven't received it well. They say that I'm imagining it, that I've been overly stressed lately, and that I'm biased since I work in the mental health field (I'm a social work intern). I know what I feel...from being wired, having racing thoughts, distracted by colors and textures, feeling powerful and invincible...to feeling deeply suicidal, worthless, hopeless, etc...but I'm wondering, what if they're right? What if I'm making a big deal out of everything? Wouldn't that be incredibly stupid? Could something else explain what I've been feeling, like stress, or anxiety? I know I'm moody, and have been having more severe ups and downs for several years now...but is there something else that explains this? Please help. Thanks.
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