I have been "unwell" for years.
Started with depression, panic attacks at 14.
I feel i may have Bi-Polar. After seeing the Stephen Fry program, I actually feel quite happy, and relieved, that others feel the same!
It explains so much about my behaviour, and the things I have done in my life.
When I have plucked up the courage to go to my GP, I burst into tears, she gives me anti-depressants, I feel ok for a few months, then start sliding down again, forget my pills, and end up back where I was.
My main question is, how do I tell my doctor, I want to see a psychiatrist, and that I think I may have manic depression.
I have just answered my own question, but it is so hard for me to do it.
I even thought of having a stiff drink, to give me some courage.
I am afraid of a diagnosis and afraid of being told there is nothing wrong with me.
Thank you for any help.