A diagnosis…

Having had an initial mental health assessment last week, on Tuesday I met with a Consultant Psychiatrist hoping to be given a diagnosis.

The appointment lasted around 45 minutes during which I was quizzed on my thoughts, my feelings, and generally about my life itself.

The psychiatrist concluded that whilst I didn’t appear to be portraying all the classic signs of hypomania, (which I explained was probably due to the fact that it was four o’clock in the afternoon and I’d been awake since 3am so was more than a little tired!) he would listen to the views of the CPN and my wife, Victoria and treat me for Bipolar Disorder Type 2.

I have been prescribed an anti-psychotic drug to take alongside my anti-depressant, the idea being that it will help improve my sleep and reduce the ‘mania’ I’m currently experiencing.

Due to the nature of the new medication, yesterday I had to have a series of blood tests and an ECG.  I also had to have my height and weight recorded.

I was delighted to learn that since I stopped drinking alcohol, 8 weeks ago I’ve lost around 6.5kg in weight.  Every cloud has a silver lining and all that!!

So far, my body appears to be tolerating the new drug, albeit I do have a headache most of the time and I feel a little dizzy from time to time.

That said I am now genuinely optimistic that my quality of life may now improve and that I may once again be the husband and father I long to be.

One thought on “A diagnosis…

  1. Good for you Leon. Too many people are dissuaded from taking medication that will help by societal pressure that suggests it makes you weak. We wouldn’t tell a person with diabetes or a heart condition not to take medication and bipolar II is a physical condition like those, caused primarily by a chemical imbalance. Getting the right medication for you can be a long road (I didn’t react well to the medication I’m presuming you’re on, based on your description of the blood tests due to poor toleration of sude effects; primarily because it affected by vision, for example) but there will be the right medication for you. Well done for handling such a difficult time with grace and humour. Diagnosis can be a shock and life changing, but remember that this change can be a really good thing. Now you know what the problem is you can fight it. Much love and if you need to talk to someone who understands then I’m here xx


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