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1719131 tn?1316587813
Possible Bipolar?
I know I asked before but I've been researching a lot about Bipolar disorder now. I'm not sure if its possible but I notice there are a lot of things more bipolar related that don't actually correspond with my autism diagnosis. I don't really have manic episodes but I do have times where one minute I'm happy and hyperactive... then I'll go into moods where I end up being depressed and wanting to die.

My thoughts are always racing so much that I end up going into modes of anxiety and depression. It's like, I have the worst attention span and I just can't seem to get my thoughts in order. I get distracted easily by anything around me. Other times I get so stressed over every little thing that I start panicking and almost go into tearful moments where I want to self-injure myself.

I notice that my moods are always changing and I'm often pretty irritable also. I don't sleep much and if I do, I end up sleeping all day after staying up late. My energy is usually really high. I often have to escape my bedroom because I get overloaded by all those random emotions of depression... I'm always so hyperactive.

But I never have moments where I cry or anything but I have a lot of anger. I mean it seems its only more mild to moderate symptoms of Bipolar but I just wonder.

I also want to add that I am autistic. I border on High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. I am also diagnosed with severe anxiety and ADHD with slight developmental and intellectual delays.
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1640442 tn?1302452764
u can be manic depressive without the chemical unbalance which is bipolar my sister is manic depressive and i have the bipolar i also have ptsd and borderline personality disorder i have found that talking about very day life with my doc helps. I have been on meds for 25 years and then i stopped them and just been going to see the physc doc once a month...make a list and follow it on what ur doing for the day try to stay buzy so ur mind dont play tricks on u...when u dont want to move get up  u may have to force ur self too...oh most important of all get lots of sleep if we dont get enough sleep we get sick and depressed
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Manic depression is just an older term for bipolar. They are the same disorder. As for sleep, lack of sleep usually brings on mania but one distinguishing feature is that you are not tired after being up all night.
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What you describe doesn't sound like bipolar to me but I am not a  psychiatrist. You mention moments when bipolar is weeks or months.The suicidal thoughts need to be addressed so you should tell your psychiatrist about them and your thoughts that you may have bipolar disorder. They should be able to help you out.
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