Bipolar, ADHD, Emotional Instability or something else- What is it that I have?

If the above title hits home, then you are not alone. In routine clinical practice, I often get referrals that are primarily for mood swings and unstable emotions. With this, the common psychiatric condition that springs to most people’s mind is one of Bipolar Disorder. However, upon detailed assessments of mood, emotional regulation and other cognitive functions, quite often people are reassured that all mood swings do not necessarily equate to Bipolar Disorder. Adult ADHD can be mistaken and hence missed along with a Personality Disorder.

Some links here might help clarify Bipolar Disorder. But a comprehensive assessment of developmental history, mood symptoms, emotional instability by a trained professional is very important to arrive at a proper diagnosis, leading on to appropriate management.

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Strength from the Past

Working with someone a few days ago, was talking about resilience building and had a good conversation regarding remembering the positives from the past- things that people do that have given them rewards, their past successes and achievements. In Transactional Analysis, we call them Positive Strokes. And this colleague picked up an old newsletter for me that helped me raise my self-esteem further! So going back in life to count all the good things and stroking yourself for those achievements can help in rejuvenation.

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