Failure to diagnose bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder used to be referred to as manic depression, but is now not commonly known by this term. The condition is characterised by two particular moods. Firstly you will experience periods of depression that can have a marked effect on your life. You’ll feel extremely low and you won’t be able to function properly. Interspersed with these periods of time will be periods of mania. In some people these are less marked, and are known as hypomania. However they will be periods in which you feel extremely enthusiastic and overactive. You may not want to eat or sleep when you are going through this phase, because your mind will be full of ideas you’ll want to act on.

The contrast between these two phases can be extreme. It can also be the case that months can pass between each stage, so you won’t usually go straight from one stage to the next within a day or two.

In every case medication is generally required to stabilise your moods. This will take one of two forms, and indeed many people will be prescribed two types of medication. Firstly you’ll have a mood stabiliser, and secondly you’ll have another type of medication that can be taken when an episode begins.

How could your life be affected by a failure to diagnose bipolar disorder?

We all experience mood swings from time to time but in the case of bipolar disorder those mood swings are far more erratic. If you are not diagnosed you will continue to experience periods of deep depression followed by periods of mania. The extent of these swings will depend on how severe the condition is for you, but it can completely disrupt your life. If you are diagnosed properly you will be given medication that can help calm the symptoms you feel.

Might it be worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline for more information?

A failure to diagnose bipolar disorder doesn’t happen very often, thankfully. Of course there is always the potential for a misdiagnosis to occur, and if you think your illness was missed you should get proper legal advice. There may be a potential to claim compensation by launching a no win, no fee* case – and Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500 or take our 30-second online test to get a fast answer as to where you stand with your claim.

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