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Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby Peaches88 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:53 am

Hi all,

I 22yrs of age and have been diagnosed with both Bipolar and Aspergers (they now also think ADHD as well). Im wondering how many other people have these joint diagnosis. My life has been a struggle from school to socialising and relationships. I feel defective but this is not helped by the constant medication changes, unfortunately we have not yet found the medications that work so I live on a roller coaster of highs and lows.
Im just wondering how you all cope??? I was only diagnosed with aspergers last year and it has answered so many questions but I just wish things would be 'normal' for once.

Cheers Peta

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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby petrossa » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:21 am

Just my perosnal 2 cents, i am not medically qualified and don't give medical advice, diagnosis are as good as the doctor that gives them. It's my conviction based on the stacks of material i've read that ADHD does exist as a condition but it relatively rare. I'd say that about 80% of diagnosed cases are just people that needed a label so they gave that one. A kind of catchall for unruly people.

Afaik there are indeed many Aspergers with other diagnosed issues. I tend to think that it's merely another aspect of the Aspergers that they missed classing with the syndrome and subclassed as something else.

I totally disagree with Aspergers being a form of autism as well. It just has overlapping symptoms. Latest research on schizophrenia for example shows white matter anomalies not unlike Aspergers or Autism. So as much as Schizophrenia isn't Autism, so is Aspergers.

The entire medical profession seems to think other wise, they went as far as to scrap Aspergers altogether, but to me that only shows how little they understand of the syndrome.

But then again, what do i know. But i'm very skeptic about all these co-morbid diagnosis.
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby Peaches88 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:19 am

I came here for some guidance (and some hope) and i get told my diagnosis are wrong, im so lost and no I feel even worse, maybe I should just go crawl into a hole.

I was originally diagnosed with BiPolar - Aspergers only came later, I hoped the Bi polar diagnosis was simply us not knowing about the aspergers but the psychiatrist says no.
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby petrossa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:39 am

We can't tell you if a professional diagnosis is wrong. That would be very bad.

Aspergers is a nice condition to have as long as you just accept that you are who you are. It's not debilitating, it frequently comes with a sharp mind.

Imo the worst thing one can do is try to become 'normal'. You can't and there's no need. Aspergers is a different state of mind, with it's own good and bad, just like any other state of mind.

On balance, in my personal opinion more good then bad.
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby Peaches88 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:48 am

Im actually happy im Aspie, before the diagnosis I felt wrong - different from everyone, now I know im just wired slightly differently. Im not defective just see thing in a new way, if I wasn't aspie I wouldn't be such a good horse rider, its the perfectionism, passion and drive that make me who I am, I wouldn't be me if I wasn't an aspie. Although thats doesnt stop me from wanting some things that 'normal' people have, the ability to have friends and understand jokes, feeling accepted I wish I had but im me and nothing can change that so must be positive.
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby petrossa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:59 am

Good girl (pats paternally on head) :)
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby Peaches88 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:08 am

Iv read some of your posts to other and you seem someone with alot of knowledge and understanding, thankyou for your help :)
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Re: Aspergers, Bipolar and ADHD

Postby petrossa » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:29 am

It would be a shame to die and all this info in my head got lost. So i share as much as i can.
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