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.