I am curious about this. I have met with four licensed professionals (1 psychologist, 2 social workers, 1 psychiatrist) that believe I have GAD with bipolar disorder due to my anxiety, rapid speech, and intermittent terrible anger outbursts and bouts of depression. I also have times where I get really energetic, talk fast, get up early and clean the whole house, go spend hundreds of dollars, and then start a million projects with new ideas. I also can get irritable during these times as well. But I have never not missed sleep, sometimes I sleep less, but I always sleep. I also have times where I get hypersexual, and then it goes away and I have no sex drive for months. It's really annoying. I've had lots of bloodwork done to see if there is a medical reason and they can find none. I have read that this can be related to the disorder.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
However, I am going to a therapist currently that seems to believe I have GAD but not bipolar. She says that my anger outbursts are attributed to me not liking to be controlled, and feeling overwhelmed by expectations. I don't ALWAYS see a trigger to my outbursts. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. She claims that if I have bipolar my moods would not cycle as rapidly as they do. She said I would stay irritable and angry for weeks at a time for no reason. She also says that because my anger outbursts only happen with certain family members, I am still able to control it unlike someone that has bipolar. I don't know if I agree with that because I have had times where I still had the explosive anger feeling in public, I just didn't release it the same way as I did when I was home.
But then I met with her again this week and told her more about what has been going on lately and she seemed to start considering a mood disorder but she said she didn't know how to define it.
I just wanted to hear other opinions on this. I just thought since the opinion was 4-1 that majority wins lol. But I know of people that have bipolar that do cycle quickly- even hourly. I usually change moods daily, but sometimes it can be twice a day, sometimes more times in a day, it just depends if I am under stress or in a certain situation.
Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Thanks.