How I got diagnosed bipolar

How I got diagnosed bipolar

With my Bipolar Disorder diagnosis came a couple of specifics : most were read to me from a textbook by an under prepared Psychiatrist in my third year of College—- to summarize it, one thing was certain, life was going to be tough. I’ll never forget what she told me as I walked out of her office—- “if you begin to hyperventilate go to the emergency room” ... apparently the $1,200 pill she had prescribed may have had that side effect- I got lucky, it didn’t. (Don’t confuse my message, some Psychiatrists are fantastic.... others not so much.) .
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I walked out of that office with what I assumed would be my saving grace- a $1,200 pill that I couldn’t afford.
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I got lucky when I bumped into the term “generic medications” - and managed to grab my magical pill for $12. But, it wasn’t magical ... it was dreadful. I stopped the medication, assumed it was the wrong diagnosis ... and never went back into that office. Due to my illness, I failed 2 semesters after that, changing a transcript of straight A’s into straight F’s. I’m still waiting for your call (University who shall remain nameless.) All I got was a huge bill, after failing all my classes due to an illness that was treated incorrectly by your staff. I’ll never understand how a patient after being diagnosed Bipolar and prescribed medication can “disappear”, and no one in that psychiatric department bothered to follow up. At the time, I became extremely suicidal. Thankfully, I’m still here to share my story and help those who are just like me. .
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My route towards this very day is long & tedious.... very "roller coaster style". However, it is important to note that -- I am still on the roller coaster, I've simply learned to work within the ride. For now, I’ll spare you the rest of the story- Don't want to bore you just yet. 
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I will say that years and years down the road after trial and error, several doctors and loopholes, nutrition and fitness and a whole lot of will to succeed I can finally move forth on my mission to provide adequate help to those who are misunderstood. 

Until next time. 

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Hi Marlen,
I hope you’re doing well! Do you accept Cigna for coaching sessions?

Kristy Gomez

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