Why Am I So Tired? Bipolar and Fatigue
I'm Tired, Now What?
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? I am honestly not able to count how many times I have been asked that question as I live a life in addiction recovery. I actually have a dual-diagnosis of bipolar II mood disorder and addiction disorder.
In the year 2000, I was diagnosed with depression, and I was simply given a pill to take everyday called Paxil. The general practitioner didn't suggest that I speak with a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or anyone else—but simply kept refilling the prescription. My doctor told me that the depression would pass, and I should "just keep putting one foot in front of the other."
Well, two addiction treatment centers later, I now have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I was first diagnosed by a psychiatrist at the addiction treatment center, and it was confirmed by an outside psychiatrist after I had been in recovery for a year. Bipolar was definitelynotthe answer I was looking for...
Whereas the diagnosis of depression has become more socially acceptable in recent years, the diagnosis of bipolar isn't quite there yet—and I am not certain it will ever be. In general, awareness of bipolar hasn't been raised in our society's consciousness as much as depression has. As a result, not many people understand bipolar disorder.