The Stigma of Psychiatric Diagnosis Can Prevent Proper Assessment

Getting a psychiatric diagnosis can prevent addressing underlying causes. If you are labeled with a mental illness, healthcare professionals can assume symptoms are part of being a mental patient.

The article above details just such a case.

I remember having severe bleeding and the PA in the urgent care facility wondered if I had gone to a party and been inebriated and had sex that I didn’t remember and was now pregnant because, she said, you have bipolar disorder.

Yes, I did have bipolar disorder but I did not drink or take drugs nor party anymore at all. She prescribed hormones and was going to hospitalize me if my blood work had come back indicating that I’d lost too much blood.

I left and ended up not taking the prescription because of reading that steroids can induce mania in bipolar patients. I instead used an herbal remedy that was not mood-altering and it worked to stop the bleeding.

I guess she had to ask. It probably happens. I was just glad I had read bipolar advocate Julie A. Fast’s posts on bipolar and steroids and remembered a woman newscaster who had steroid-induced bipolar disorder initiated from taking them in her midlife.

I wasn’t interested in becoming manic at all. And the herbal remedy worked. There’s nothing within ethical boundaries I won’t do to keep out of the psych ward and prevent manias. That includes eating mostly whole grains, vegetables and beans. I am not perfect in it and when I deviate, I notice it. It’s it worth the effort to abstain from the standard American diet.

I like to stay away from doctors as much as possible now. It’s a motivator.

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