This post is in response to BlakeTyner:
Right, I understand that there are manuals. But my question is how do the doctors actually know the patient isn’t lying or trying to self diagnose?
I’m sure the doctor could say, “do you have periods of happiness, laughter, feelings of confidence like nothing will stop you and then countered by feelings of loliness, guilt, sadness, anxiety” etc…
But manic depression can take years for it to fully show up.
For instance, I’ve been friends with a person for about two years now, close friends. And I’m just now starting to realize that this person is probably manic depressive. Because for the first 6 months she was happy, nice, outgoing, energetic and basically upbeat.
When she got down and out I thought it’s natural for people to be bummed out, but she was like that for a solid month. Then out of nowhere she boosted back up again for another few months.
This happened over and over again, so I started to think, “I think she has a problem here” it’s not normal to go from happy to depressed, to happy to depressed over the period of two or three months.
Which is why I say, isn’t it hard to diagnose someone with this without knowing them.
I mean hell, just asking a bunch of questions could give you any number of mental disorders. It takes BEING WITH SOMEONE, KNOWING that person’s personality to know something is awry.
See what I’m saying?