Listen. I you really feel you don't have bi-polar, don't take the meds or at least get a second opinion.
That list would seem to fit most people our age. I am also 24, female.
I recently started seeing a Clinical Psychologist. Reason: I felt like I was near breaking point and was afraid I would lash out at my family. This is
all due to the drug use of family members and the lies just drive me insane. I don't want these people in my life, but am forced to live and deal
with them and be polite.
I mentioned to him that I have gone through some serious bouts of depression in the past (but considering the things I have been through I would
consider it 'understandable') and he immediately told me " Okay, I'm thinking Bi-Polar Disorder". I said- " No way, I am definitely NOT
He Pre- Diagnosed me with GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, after which I had to take a Psychometric Test/IQ Test, and scored an IQ level of 125. He
said that I lost 11 points on the test due to "Shaking and Sweating". He said my score will increase when my GAD is under control. Maybe I could
increase it to 135, who knows?
My point is, within the test- some scores correspond to certain disorders. Mine corresponded with GAD, so I now have an Official diagnosis, which is
spot on by the way..
They are very quick to jump the gun. Go see different Psychologists, stay away from the Psychiatrists, all they want to do is prescribe you meds.
In my opinion, one should only think of taking meds if it is indeed a chemical imbalance, and cannot be corrected with diet.
As far as my GAD is concerned, he had mentioned medication, but only if treatment ceases to be effective. Treatment meaning- Self expression, art,
relaxation exercises, etc. I do know that meds won't make me better. They won't fix me. It's some mental pattern, some unknown fear of something
that I need to work through.
Think about it. Don't just shove chemicals down your throat because someone said so.
All the best!