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Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
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Hi I'm Dr. Phil
Can I ask your first name?
Okay. It's Lisa
nice to meet you
I'm sorry you are struggling
does this high energy state alternate with depression?
I'm not sure, some days everything feels great, nothing can get me down, other days feels like everything is wrong
Sorry thats not a very good answer
I do think you probably have bipolar
maybe bipolar 2 disorder
you are going to have to talk to your GP
there is no shame in mental illness
What does that mean?
it is a variant of bipolar
It's like bipolar "lite"
like not as severe bipolar
normal bipolar is easy to diagnose. The people are absolutely out of control when they are manic
What happens if i don't talk to anyone? Will it get worse?
Is there anyway i can see anyone else other than my GP? He's my family GP and i feel like sometimes in the past he hasn't believed me
about other things, not anything related to mental illness
you could go private
to a psychiatrist
How would i do that?/
just call their office
where do you live? I can find one
Berkshire in the UK
ok hang on
check that place out
What would happen?
you mean if it gets worse?
you will just get more depressed and have worse manic episodes
What would they do? Would i have to be medicated? Do i have to tell anyone, like work?
yes they would medicate you
no you don't have to tell work
that is your private business
So by law i can keep it to myself? I don't have any obligation to tell my work even though im a dental nurse?
your job can't discriminate against you
for a mental health issue
God.I don't even know how i would go about telling anyone something like this.
just be honest
My mum is estranged from her side of the family.
I'm sure a lot of that has to do with not getting help
I don't know. She only said about mental illness to me when she was angry. Before that i had no idea. It's just stuck with me. Then having people asking if there was something wrong with me...
well, you only have one choice
you have to get help
Is it something that i can outgrow or that will get better as i get older if i got help?
you won't outgrow it
it will get worse if not treated
if you get help, it will improve
Will i still be the same person if im on medication or will everyone suddenly notice a dramatic change?
yes, you will
you will just be a little more "balanced"
Im not sure where bipolar comes up on that website, i can't find it listed
they will treat it
Will i be sectioned or anything?
Are you sure? Or just saying so i will go
I just dont want anyone to know
I'm 100% sure
It is illegal
you can't discriminate against someone for something they can't control. It's illegal and wrong
I know. I just don't know anyone in my family with mental issues. I see how other people judge. How there is a massive stigma that goes hand-in-hand with the word bipolar.
Well, you can't control other people's reaction
just your own
I think you are now armed with good information about what this is and where to do
are you there?
any more questions?
take your time
How often would i have to go to see them and what is the procedure?
probably ever 3 months
they talk to you and refill meds and see how you are doing.
Lisa, our recommended chat time is about 10 minutes. I have chatted with you for about 40 minutes for the same price
would you mind accepting additional services?
I think i just accepted
It just means that I gave you an extra 30 minutes for free
I was just asking for fair compensation for my time. Thank you :)
sorry i didn't know
no problem :)
that is why I asked
what do i say if i contact the clinic?
tell them that you have been struggling.
and some people have suggested probably bipolar
and you are afraid to talk to your GP about it
and ask for an appointment.
Do i tell them that i have spoken to you?
you can if you like
What was the word you used?
Is is genetic?
sorry about the 5 million questions
there is a genetic link yes
no problem Lisa
I know you are just nervous
told you i talk alot
I see that
More when im nervous, and generally quicker and most people don't understand what im saying
It's just alot of information to take in. My hearts beating really fast.
okay just try to calm down
Lisa, did I do good work for you today ?
Yes, i think so
would you mind rating me positive when you are all set?
I appreciate your time and kindness
Okay, how do i do that?
just click the positive face at the bottom
good or excellent are the most fun to hit :)
Oh i see it, "Unless you rate "ok services" or higher, your Expert will not receive credit" But i don't see any faces
good or excellent
I think the UK site is different
Okay i see excellent
thank you Lisa
have a happy new year :)
Thankyou for your help, I think i will look into the clinic and get help.
Happy new year.
after you click, it will close the chat automatically
I did click it? Oh maybe not, sorry